Intellectualism and Psychology


Intellectualism – the thesis that know-how is a kind of know-that – has proved difficult to assess by the traditional philosophical method of conceptual analysis. Recently, some authors have argued that we should instead look to results in psychology – specifically whether all procedural knowledge is declarative knowledge. I argue that such an approach is unsatisfactory, since the concepts employed in psychology do not map onto our concepts of knowledge in any neat way. There is no straightforward psychological interpretation of the intellectualist thesis.

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