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Tue Sep 23, 2014
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Townsend Visitor
Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck, University of London)
Knowledge in Practice

I’ll make connections between two understandings of ‘practical knowledge’-(i) the knowledge which Ryle maintained there is when he argued against intellectualists (who say that knowledge-how-to do something is always knowledge that something is the case); (ii) the non-observational knowledge a person has of what she is doing contemporaneously with doing it (knowledge which Anscombe said is not understood unless we first understand practical reasoning). I’ll consider what difference it makes to epistemology to include practical knowledge in the knowledge we take ourselves to have. (‘Epistemology’ here might mean the project Stroud has characterized as that of “achieving a certain kind of understanding of human knowledge in general”.)

Possible background reading:

  • Jennifer Hornsby, “Ryle’s Knowing How, and Knowing How to Act”. In Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action, eds. J. Bengson & M. Moff ett (O.U.P. 2011), 80-98.
  • Jason Stanley, Ch.8 ‘Knowledge Justified’, of Know How, (O.U.P. 2008).