Carlotta Pavese, Rutgers University
Talk Title: Skills as Knowledge
Abstract: It is common for philosophers to view the mind as bifurcated into a part that is responsible for the human capacity for skilled action, and a part that is responsible for knowledge, i.e. the capacity for acquiring reliable true beliefs about the world. The topic of skill is rarely systematically addressed in the 20th century analytic tradition, and belief in the dichotomy has settled into dogma. Dogmas rarely have reasons. But it is perhaps natural to assume that skills elude characterization in terms of any propositional attitudes states, including knowledge; that there is no content such that knowledge of that content suffices to explain skill possession. I will show that the assumption is false, resting as it does an impoverished litany of options. I develop in detail a view of the content skills are knowledge of. Finally, I illustrate the explanatory advantages of thinking of skills as knowledge.