Ideology and Knowledge-How: A Rylean Perspective



Published 16-11-2016
Michael Kremer


In work culminating in Know How (2009), Jason Stanley argues, against Gilbert Ryle, that knowledge-how is a species of knowledge-that. In How Propaganda Works (2015), Stanley portrays this work as undermining a "flawed ideology" supporting elitist valuations of intellectual work and workers. However, the link between Stanley's two philosophical projects is weak. Ryle's distinction between knowledge-how and knowledge-that lacks the political consequences foreseen by Stanley. Versions of "intellectualism" have as much potential to align with hierarchical political systems as do versions of "anti-intellectualism." Consequently, the debate about knowledge-how and knowledge-that comes apart from Stanley's more recent concerns about flawed ideologies.

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Kremer, M. (2016). Ideology and Knowledge-How: A Rylean Perspective. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31(3), 295–311.
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ideology, knowledge-how, knowledge-that, intellectualism, Jason Stanley, Gilbert Ryle