in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: Know-How, Intellectualism, and Memory Systems

Dr. Felipe De Brigard

Duke University

January 24th at 4:00-5:30 in Bryant Hall 200

“Know-How, Intellectualism, and Memory Systems”

“A longstanding tradition in philosophy distinguishes between know-that and know-how. This ‘anti-intellectualist’ view is entrenched in folk psychology and often invoked to support the distinction between explicit and implicit memory derived from the so-called ‘standard model of memory’. Recently, the received account has been challenged by an ‘intellectualist’ view of know-how. I argue that it is unclear that the evidence from cognitive psychology and neuroscience provides support for either view, and that the standard model of memory is likely wrong. I also argue that, currently, the philosophical debate is couched in terms that do not correspond to categories in psychological science and so either must be re-interpreted in a vocabulary that is amenable to experimental scrutiny, or cannot be settled empirically.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. De Brigard’s paper. Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (

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