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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise

ISBN 9781138744776
Published August 21, 2020 by Routledge
542 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.