Know-how, ability, and the ability hypothesis

Theoria 67 (3):229-39 (2001)

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Torin Alter
University of Alabama
Abstract
David Lewis and Laurence Nemirow claim that knowing what an experience is like is knowing-how, not knowing-that. They identify this know-how with the abilities to remember, imagine, and recognize experiences, and Lewis labels their view ‘the Ability Hypothesis’. The Ability Hypothesis has intrinsic interest. But Lewis and Nemirow devised it specifically to block certain anti-physicalist arguments due to Thomas Nagel and Frank Jackson . Does it?
Keywords Ability  Experience  Hypothesis  Knowing How  Metaphysics  Physicalism  Chomsky, N  Lewis, D  Nemirow, L
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2001.tb00205.x
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