Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (3):426-442 (2011)
Ryle’s distinction between knowing that and knowing how has recently been challenged. The paper first briefly defends the distinction and then proceeds to address the question of classifying moral knowledge. Moral knowledge is special in that it is practical, that is, it is essentially a motive. Hence the way we understand moral knowledge crucially depends on the way we understand motivation. The Humean theory of motivation is wrong in saying that reason cannot be a motive, but right in saying that desire is essential for motivating us. The right response to the Humean theory of motivation is to see that moral knowledge is desire-related rationality or thought-related desire. Moral knowledge is neither knowing that nor knowing how but rather a third species of knowledge which we may call “knowing to do.” Knowing to do is to be rationally disposed to do the right thing. This understanding of moral knowledge is exactly what we can learn from Aristotle’s ethics.
|Keywords||knowing that knowing how knowing to do moral knowledge virtue practical wisdom incontinence|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Skepticism About Practical Reason.Christine M. Korsgaard - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (1):5-25.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Knowing-That, Knowing-How, and Knowing Philosophically.Stephen Hetherington - 2008 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 77 (1):307-324.
Knowledge and Abilities: The Need for a New Understanding of Knowing-How. [REVIEW]Eva-Maria Jung & Albert Newen - 2010 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (1):113-131.
Construing Polanyi's Tacit Knowing as Knowing by Acquaintance Rather Than Knowing by Representation.Dale Cannon - 2002 - Tradition and Discovery 29 (2):26-43.
Is Knowing-How Simply a Case of Knowing-That?Tobias Rosefeldt - 2004 - Philosophical Investigations 27 (4):370–379.
Knowing How Without Knowing That.Yuri Cath - 2011 - In John Bengson & Mark Moffett (eds.), Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action. Oxford University Press. pp. 113.
What Our Rylean Ancestors Knew: More on Knowing How and Knowing That.Joseph Shieber - 2003 - Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society 11:328-330.
Practical Knowledge: Knowing How To and Knowing That.David Wiggins - 2012 - Mind 121 (481):97-130.
Ryle and Oakeshott on the “Knowing-How/Knowing-That” Distinction.Leslie Marsh - 2010 - In Corey Abel (ed.), The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott's Conservatism.
Knowing‐How: Problems and Considerations.Ellen Fridland - 2015 - European Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):703-727.
Erratum To: Knowing That, Knowing How, and Knowing to Do. [REVIEW]Refeng Tang - 2011 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 6 (4):665-665.
Testimony and Knowing How.Katherine Hawley - 2010 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (4):397-404.
Added to index2011-08-19
Total downloads133 ( #36,354 of 2,177,988 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #45,332 of 2,177,988 )
How can I increase my downloads?