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Knowing ways of acting

Bacharach, Julian; (2019) Knowing ways of acting. Masters thesis (M.Phil.Stud), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

In The Concept of Mind and the earlier Presidential Address, Gilbert Ryle posed the question, What is it for qualities of mind to be displayed in an agent’s overt behaviour? This thesis takes up this Rylean question concerning the relation between the mental and embodied physical action. I understand the question as asking primarily about the psychological explanation of action — what kinds of psychological states causally explain features of an agent’s behaviour in such a way as to justify the characterisation of that behaviour as intelligent. Following a recent proposal by Jason Stanley and Timothy Williamson, I explore and defend the view that intelligent action is action guided by knowledge of ways of acting. However, I depart from Stanley and Williamson in claiming that this knowledge is non essentially propositional. I make a case for an ineliminable role for nonpropositional, acquaintance-like knowledge of ways of acting in psychological explanations of action.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil.Stud
Title: Knowing ways of acting
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077216
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