D. Virtue East & West > Karyn Lai and Stephen Hetherinton on "Practising to Know: Practicalism and Confucian Philosophy"

The authors have a recent comparative epistemology paper in Philosophy / Volume 87 / Issue 03 / July 2012, pp 375-393.

Abstract. For a while now, there has been much conceptual discussion about the respective natures of knowledge-that and knowledge-how, along with the intellectualist idea that knowledge-how is really a kind of knowledge-that. Gilbert Ryle put in place most of the terms that have so far been distinctive of that debate, when he argued for knowledge-how's conceptual distinctness from knowledge-that. But maybe those terms should be supplemented, expanding the debate. In that spirit, the conceptual option of practicalism has recently entered the fray. Practicalism conceives anew the nature of knowledge-that, as being a kind of knowledge-how. In this paper we enlarge upon this conceptual suggestion. We draw from an ancient Chinese text, the Analects of Confucius, explaining how it lends some support to practicalism.
October 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterGuy Axtell