Abstract
In this paper I try to problematize our conception of rational agency and to suggest that this conception is a matter of some practical and political significance. This is done on the one hand by indicating why more attention should be paid to the role of practical know-how, or skill, in the application of general laws or principles to particular cases, and on the other by looking to a Chinese model of efficacious action, where much attention is paid to cultivating the skills required to make the transition from general to particular, albeit at the expense of recognizing the significance of what we would think of as scientific understanding.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/02698599908573627
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,021
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Value of Science.Henri Poincaré - 1958 - New York: Dover Publications.

View all 11 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Belief, Normativity and the Constitution of Agency.Emer O'Hagan - 2005 - Philosophical Explorations 8 (1):39-52.
Allison on Rational Agency.Stephen Engstrom - 1993 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 36 (4):405 – 418.
Three Conceptions of Rational Agency.R. Jay Wallace - 1999 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2 (3):217-242.
Living with Reason.Ross Poole - 1992 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 35 (2):199 – 217.
Principles of the Unification of Our Agency.Klas Roth - 2011 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (3):283-297.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
19 ( #548,907 of 2,433,462 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #468,801 of 2,433,462 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes