McDowell and Dreyfus on Unreflective Action


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Erik Rietveld
University of Amsterdam
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Within philosophy there is not yet an integrative account of unreflective skillful action. As a starting point, contributions would be required from philosophers from both the analytic and continental traditions. Starting from the McDowell-Dreyfus debate, shared Aristotelian-Wittgensteinian common ground is identified. McDowell and Dreyfus agree about the importance of embodied skills, situation-specific discernment and responsiveness to relevant affordances. This sheds light on the embodied and situated nature of adequate unreflective action and provides a starting point for the development of an account that does justice to insights from both philosophical traditions
Keywords Embodied Cognition  Relevant Affordances  Skillful Unreflective Action  Dreyfus  Wittgenstein  McDowell  Aristotle
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