Synthese:1-20 (forthcoming)

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Kevin Wallbridge
University of Southampton
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Intellectualists claim that knowing how to do something is a matter of knowing, for some w, that w is a way to do that thing. However, standard accounts fail to account for the way that knowing how sometimes seems to require ability. I argue that the way to make sense of this situation is via a ‘subject-specific’ intellectualism according to which knowing how to do something is a matter of knowing that w is a way for some relevant person to do that thing, but who the relevant person is can change from context to context. If it is the utterer themselves, then knowing how will require ability, but otherwise it will not.
Keywords know how  intellectualism  practical knowledge  contextualism  ability account  knowledge how  knowing how  subject-specific
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-01944-6
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