The spontaneousness of skill and the impulsivity of habit

Synthese 196 (10):4305-4328 (2019)

Christos Douskos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The objective of this paper is to articulate a distinction between habit and bodily skill as different ways of acting without deliberation. I start by elaborating on a distinction between habit and skill as different kinds of dispositions. Then I argue that this distinction has direct implications for the varieties of automaticity exhibited in habitual and skilful bodily acts. The argument suggests that paying close attention to the metaphysics of agency can help to articulate more precisely questions regarding the varieties of automaticity exhibited in overt action.
Keywords habit  skill  automaticity  multi-track dispositions
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-017-1658-7
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