1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise

Edited By Ellen Fridland, Carlotta Pavese Copyright 2021
    542 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    542 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Philosophical questions surrounding skill and expertise can be traced back as far as Ancient Greece, China, and India. In the twentieth century, skilled action was an important factor in the work of phenomenologists such as Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty and analytic philosophers including Gilbert Ryle. However, as a subject in its own right it has, until now, remained largely in the background.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise is an outstanding reference source and the first major collection of its kind, reflecting the explosion of interest in the topic in recent years. Comprising thirty-nine chapters written by leading international contributors, the Handbook is organized into six clear parts:

    • Skill in the history of philosophy (East and West)
    • Skill in epistemology
    • Skill, intelligence, and agency
    • Skill in perception, imagination, and emotion
    • Skill, language, and social cognition
    • Skill and expertise in normative philosophy.

    Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, epistemology, and ethics, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as social psychology and cognitive science. It is also relevant to those who are interested in conceptual issues underlying skill and expertise in fields such as sport, the performing arts, and medicine.

    Introduction Ellen Fridland and Carlotta Pavese

    Part I: Skill in the History of Philosophy (East and West)

    1. Skill and Virtuosity in Buddhist and Daoist Philosophy Jay L. Garfield and Graham Priest

    2. Skill and Expertise in Three Schools of Classical Chinese Thought Hagop Sarkissian

    3. Volition, Action, and Skill in Indian Buddhist Philosophy Matthew MacKenzie

    4. II in the Platonic Dialogues Tom Angier

    5. Technê in Aristotle’s taxonomy of knowledge Thomas K. Johansen

    6. Mendelssohn and Kant on Virtue as a Skill Melissa Merritt

    7. Gilbert Ryle on Skill as Knowledge-How Michael Kremer

    8. Anscombe on Action and Practical Knowledge Will Small

    9. Hubert Dreyfus on Practical and Embodied Intelligence Kristina Gehrman and John Schwenkler

    Part II: Skill in Epistemology

    10. Knowledge, Skill, and Virtue Epistemology Duncan Pritchard

    11. Skill and Knowledge Ernest Sosa and Laura Frances Callahan

    12. Know-How and Skill: The Puzzles of Priority and Equivalence Yuri Cath

    13. Knowledge as Skill Stephen Hetherington

    Part III: Skill, intelligence, and agency

    14. Consciousness and Skill Barbara Montero

    15. Embodied Experience in the Cognitive Ecologies of Skilled Performance John Sutton and Kath Bicknell

    16. Automaticity, Control, and Attention in Skill Wayne Wu

    17. Automatizing Knowledge: Confusion Over What Cognitive Neuroscience Tells Us about Intellectualism John W. Krakauer

    18. Practical Representation Carlotta Pavese

    19. The Nature of Skill: Functions and Control Structures Ellen Fridland

    20. The Intelligence of Motor Control Myrto Mylopolous

    21. The Targets of Skill, and their Importance Joshua Shepherd

    Part IV: Skill in Perception, Imagination, and Emotion

    22. Embodying Expertise as a Performer and Perceiver: Insights from the Arts and Robotics Emily S. Cross

    23. Motor Representation and Knowledge of Skilled Action Corrado Sinigaglia and Stephen A. Butterfill

    24. Skill and Expertise in Perception Susanna Siegel

    25. Perceptual Skills Dustin Stokes and Bence Nanay

    26. Skill, Visual Prejudice, and Know-How Keota Fields

    27. The Skill of Imagination Amy Kind

    28. Emotion Recognition as a Social Skill Gen Eickers and Jesse Prinz

    Part V: Skill, Language, and, Social Cognition

    29. Skill and Expertise in Joint Action James Strachan, Gunther Knoblich, and Natalie Sebanz

    30. Self- and Other-Awareness in Join Expert Performance Shaun Gallagher and Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza

    31. The Evolution of Skilled Imitative learning: A Social Attention Hypothesis Antonella Tramacere and Richard Moore

    32. Semantic Competence Diego Marconi

    33. Pragmatic Competence Filippo Domaneschi and Valentina Bambini

    Part VI: Skill and Expertise in Normative Philosophy

    34. Moral Expertise Julia Driver

    35. A Theory of Political Expertise Alexander A. Guerrero

    36. Skills of Justice Paul Bloomfield

    37. Why Moral Philosophers Are Not the Most Virtuous People Bana Bashour

    38. Virtue as a skill: Self-Regulation and Social Psychology Matt Stichter

    39. De-biasing, Skill, and Intergroup Virtue Michael Brownstein


    Ellen Fridland is a philosopher of mind and cognitive science at King’s College London, UK.

    Carlotta Pavese is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University, USA.