What is Cognitive Science
Skills as knowledge
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy
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.
"What is Cognitive Science?"
This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.
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