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Socially Extended Epistemology$
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J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198801764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198801764.001.0001

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Practical Knowledge and Acting Together

Practical Knowledge and Acting Together

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(p.87) 5 Practical Knowledge and Acting Together
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Socially Extended Epistemology
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Olle Blomberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801764.003.0006

This chapter explores a problem that joint action raises for an influential philosophical view of the nature of intentional action. According to this view, an agent is intentionally -ing if and only if she has a special kind of practical and non-observational knowledge that she is -ing. It is here argued, however, that this view faces serious problems when extended to make sense of the possibility of an intentional action performed by several agents together. Since a general theory of intentional action should be applicable to both singular and joint intentional action, this suggests that practical and non-observational knowledge is not essential to intentional action as such.

Keywords:   practical knowledge, joint action, shared intention, intentional action, non-observational knowledge

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