Shaping Our World: Knowing How Best to Act

Keagan Holt Potts


Identifying skill knowledge as distinct from propositional knowledge affects the way agents interact with their world.  In this paper I argue for a notion of skill knowledge independent from the consideration of propositions.  I support my argument by establishing the dependence of intentional action on a background of low level behavioral capabilities. As a result of this dependency relationship a skill is limited to the behaviors the agent has in their background and their ability to intentionally create a system of actions aimed at a goal. As a skill develops the tactical rules become pliable until the knower acts outside of the rules’ jurisdiction. In this area of innovative and creative skill development the knower performs in a way that demands new rules be abstracted from their actions.


Skill Knowledge; Philosophy of Mind; Action Theory; Intentionality

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