Understanding the Tacit: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding the Tacit

1st Edition

By Stephen P. Turner


246 pages

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138929647
pub: 2015-06-08
Hardback: 9780415709446
pub: 2013-11-13
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315884981
pub: 2014-01-21
from $24.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book outlines a new account of the tacit, meaning tacit knowledge, presuppositions, practices, traditions, and so forth. It includes essays on topics such as underdetermination and mutual understanding, and critical discussions of the major alternative approaches to the tacit, including Bourdieu’s habitus and various practice theories, Oakeshott’s account of tradition, Quentin Skinner’s theory of historical meaning, Harry Collins’s idea of collective tacit knowledge, as well as discussions of relevant cognitive science concepts, such as non-conceptual content, connectionism, and mirror neurons. The new account of tacit knowledge focuses on the fact that in making the tacit explicit, a person is not, as many past accounts have supposed, reading off the content of some sort of shared and fixed tacit scheme of presuppositions, but rather responding to the needs of the Other for understanding.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tacit Knowledge: Between Habit and Presupposition Part I: Two Key Philosophical Issues: Underdetermination and Understanding Others 1. Tacit Knowledge and the Problem of Computer Modeling Cognitive Processes in Science 2. Davidson’s Normativity Part II: Critiques: Practices, Meanings, and Collective Tacit Objects 3. Starting with Tacit Knowledge, Ending with Durkheim? 4. Practice Then and Now 5. Practice Relativism 6. Mirror Neurons and Practices: A Response to Lizardo 7. Tradition and Cognitive Science: Oakeshott’s Undoing of the Kantian Mind 8. Meaning Without Theory Part III: The Alternative: Tacitness, Empathy, and the Other 9. Making the Tacit Explicit 10. The Strength of Weak Empathy 11. Collective or Social? Tacit Knowledge and Its Kin

About the Author

Stephen P. Turner is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General