Folk Psychology

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199250967
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603945 | DOI:
Folk Psychology

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This chapter considers the argument for the Representational Thesis (RT) from the folk psychological view that a person competent in a language “knows” the language. Despite Chomsky’s objections, it is plausible to think that this knowledge is mere knowledge-how and not knowledge-that. In which case, the knowledge does not support RT.

Keywords: Representational Thesis; RT; linguistic competence; Chomsky; knowledge-how; knowledge-that

Chapter.  2907 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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