Title

Language and know-how

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Simpson, D. I. (2010). Language and know-how. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9 (4), 629-643.

Abstract

I address the assumption that communicative interaction is made possible by knowledge of a language. I argue that this assumption as it is usually expressed depends on an unjustified reification of language, and on an unsatisfactory understanding of ‘knowledge’. I propose instead that communicative interaction is made possible by (Rylean) know-how and by the development of (Davidsonian) passing theories. We then come to see that our focus ought to be, not on propositional knowledge of a language which we internally represent, but on the practical application of know-how in our understanding and interpretation of others.

RIS ID

34611

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11097-010-9183-x