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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 61, Issue 3


Zum Verhältnis von rezeptivem und praktischem Wissen

Prof. John McDowell
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Philosophy, 1001 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
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Published Online: 2013-09-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.0032


According to G. E. M. Anscombe, practical knowledge, an agent’s knowledge of what she is intentionally doing, is not contemplative or speculative; it does not owe its being knowledge to its being derived from what it knows. She argues for this on the ground that practical knowledge can be one of “two knowledges of the same thing”, where the other of the two is speculative. If we try to conceive practical knowledge as speculative, we fall into a hopeless picture in which practical knowledge is provided by “a queer and special seeing eye in the middle of the acting”. I take Anscombe’s thought to be this: practical knowledge is knowledge concerning a happening that the agent may also know speculatively is her doing. I argue that this thesis is not threatened by the possibility of cases in which a happening that the agent knows as her doing would not be available to her to know as her doing if she did not know it speculatively

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Published Online: 2013-09-12

Published in Print: 2013-07-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 387–401, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2013.0032.

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