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Skills as knowledge

Carlotta Pavese

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy

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Intellectualism about intelligent action maintains that for an action to be intelligent is for that action to be
guided by knowledge of truths. In this paper, I develop, motivate and defend a new way of being intellectualists
about intelligent action: according to it, for an action to be intelligent is for it to be skilled (for it to manifest the skill
to perform it). However, I contend that having a skill is itself a matter of knowing a truth. The view that skills are
knowledge of truths has virtually no allies in philosophical quarters. But the most obvious attacks to it only target
certain ways of developing it. I develop in detail a new view of the kind of truths skills are knowledge of and argue
that this view motivates Intellectualism about intelligent action against its main competitor, Neo-Ryleanism. My
form of intellectualism vindicates a knowledge-first approach to the practical domain.

Carlotta Pavese