Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-1823-7 S.I.: KNOWLEDGE AND JUSTIFICATION, NEW PERSPECTIVES 1,2 Carlotta Pavese Received: 31 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract A good surgeon knows how to perform a surgery; a good architect knows how to design a house. We value their know-how. We ordinarily look for it. What makes it so valuable? A natural response is that know-how is valuable because it explains success. A surgeon’s know-how explains their success at performing a surgery. And an architect’s know-how explains their success at designing houses that stand up. We value know-how because of its special explanatory link to success. But in virtue of what is know-how explanatorily linked to success? This essay provides a novel argu- ment for the thesis that know-how’s special link to success is to be explained at least in part in terms of its being, or involving, a doxastic attitude that is epistemically alike propositional knowledge. It is argued that the role played by know-how in explain- ing intentional success shows that the epistemic differences between know-how and knowledge, if any, are less than usually thought; and that “revisionary intellectual- ism”, the view that know-how
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Published: May 31, 2018
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