The epistemic/pragmatic dichotomy

Loader, Paul (2012) The epistemic/pragmatic dichotomy. Philosophical Explorations, 15 (2). pp. 219-232. ISSN 1386-9795

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Although Kirsh and Maglio’s work on ‘epistemic’ and ‘pragmatic’ action provides us with some valuable insights, the degree of overlap, or interpenetration, between these two terms suggests that there is something problematic in the distinction. On one analysis, it might be suggested that epistemic and pragmatic actions are not both ‘types of action’ in the same sense and, perhaps, that there may not be a strong sense in which ‘pragmatic actions’ are a type of action at all. Things are further complicated by definitional issues. In the case of ‘epistemic action’, if the conception of what counts as such is too wide-ranging the term ceases to be useful.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0311 Consciousness. Cognition
Depositing User: Paul Loader
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 16:36
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 13:16

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