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Open Access Published by De Gruyter December 23, 2009

Practical Knowledge Versus Knowledge as Practice

  • István Danka
From the journal Human Affairs

Practical Knowledge Versus Knowledge as Practice

The main thesis of this essay is that practice is superior to a "theoretical vs. practical" distinction. In this sense, every sort of knowledge is essentially "practical"; so-called "theoretical" knowledge is an historically overemphasised borderline example of the practical. Based mostly on Wittgenstein's view, I shall gradually refine an opposition between theoretical and practical knowledge by analysing some related dualisms on an active, processual, communicative and applicative concept of knowledge. Then I will provide some arguments as to why knowledge as a practical matter in this sense should be seen as, both logically and temporally, prior to the distinction.

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Published Online: 2009-12-23
Published in Print: 2009-12-1

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