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Persistent burglars and knocks on doors: Causal indispensability of knowing vindicated


Logins, Artūrs (2022). Persistent burglars and knocks on doors: Causal indispensability of knowing vindicated. European Journal of Philosophy, 30(4):1335-1357.

Abstract

The aim of the present article is to accomplish two things. The first is to show that given some further plausible assumptions, existing challenges to the indispensability of knowledge in causal explanation of action fail. The second is to elaborate an overlooked and distinct argument in favor of the causal efficacy of knowledge. In short, even if knowledge were dispensable in causal explanation of action, it is still indispensable in causal explanation of other mental attitudes and, in particular, some reactive attitudes and factive emotions. Taking into account this sort of causal efficacy in determining which mental states are genuine mental states opens up new perspectives for defending the view that knowledge is the most general factive and genuine mental state.

Abstract

The aim of the present article is to accomplish two things. The first is to show that given some further plausible assumptions, existing challenges to the indispensability of knowledge in causal explanation of action fail. The second is to elaborate an overlooked and distinct argument in favor of the causal efficacy of knowledge. In short, even if knowledge were dispensable in causal explanation of action, it is still indispensable in causal explanation of other mental attitudes and, in particular, some reactive attitudes and factive emotions. Taking into account this sort of causal efficacy in determining which mental states are genuine mental states opens up new perspectives for defending the view that knowledge is the most general factive and genuine mental state.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy
Language:English
Date:1 December 2022
Deposited On:08 Feb 2022 13:22
Last Modified:18 Jun 2024 03:38
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0966-8373
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ejop.12751
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDPZ00P1_186137
  • : Project TitleGraded Epistemology
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100012_169293
  • : Project TitleKnowledge, Action, and Factive Mental States
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)