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A Naturalistic Perspective on Knowledge How: Grasping Truths in a Practical Way

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Department of Human Rights, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Philosophy, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Philosophies 2020, 5(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies5010005 (registering DOI)
Received: 18 February 2020 / Revised: 6 March 2020 / Accepted: 9 March 2020 / Published: 12 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Natural Philosophy and Philosophies - Part 2)
For quite some time, cognitive science has offered philosophy an opportunity to address central problems with an arsenal of relevant theories and empirical data. However, even among those naturalistically inclined, it has been hard to find a universally accepted way to do so. In this article, we offer a case study of how cognitive-science input can elucidate an epistemological issue that has caused extensive debate. We explore Jason Stanley’s idea of the practical grasp of a propositional truth and present naturalistic arguments against his reductive approach to knowledge. We argue that a plausible interpretation of cognitive-science input concerning knowledge—even if one accepts that knowledge how is partly propositional—must involve an element of knowing how to act correctly upon the proposition; and this element of knowing how to act correctly cannot itself be propositional. View Full-Text
Keywords: naturalistic epistemology; knowledge how; knowledge that; anti-intellectualism; intellectualism; practical grasp; cognitive science naturalistic epistemology; knowledge how; knowledge that; anti-intellectualism; intellectualism; practical grasp; cognitive science
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V. Felix, C.; Stephens, A. A Naturalistic Perspective on Knowledge How: Grasping Truths in a Practical Way. Philosophies 2020, 5, 5.

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