Knowledge-How: A Unified Account

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I argue for a unified theory of knowledge how that is compatible with the reductionist variety of intellectualism: knowledge how is reducible to knowledge that. But, I argue, there are knowledge states that are not justification entailing and knowledge states that are not belief entailing. Both kinds of knowledge state require the possession of practical abilities. I conclude by arguing that the view defended naturally leads to a disjunctive conception of abilities as either essentially involving mental states or as not essentially involving mental states. Only the former kind of ability is a kind of knowledge state, that is, a knowledge how state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKnowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199932368, 9780195389364
StatePublished - May 24 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ability
  • Conception of abilities
  • Disjunctive
  • How
  • Knowledge how
  • Primitive knowledge
  • Unified theory of knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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