Review of Philosophy and Psychology 12 (3):669-681 (2021)

Joshua Shepherd
Carleton University
In this paper I explore the relationship between skill and sensitivity to reasons for action. I want to know to what degree we can explain the fact that the skilled agent is very good at performing a cluster of actions within some domain in terms of the fact that the skilled agent has a refined sensitivity to the reasons for action common to the cluster. The picture is a little bit complex. While skill can be partially explained by sensitivity to reasons – a sensitivity often produced by rational practice – the skilled human agent, because imperfect, must navigate a trade-off between full sensitivity and a capacity to succeed.
Keywords skill  rationality  reason-sensitivity  control  automaticity
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DOI 10.1007/s13164-020-00515-4
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Practical Structure and Moral Skill.Joshua Shepherd - forthcoming - Philosophical Quarterly.

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