Moral Knowledge as Know-How

Authored by: Jennifer Cole Wright

The Routledge Handbook of Moral Epistemology

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138816121
eBook ISBN: 9781315719696
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This chapter discusses the idea of moral knowledge as “know-how” embedded in our social practices. When we consider the possibility that (at least some of) our moral knowledge is embedded in (at least some of) our social practices, there are a number of important questions that arise. In this chapter, I consider two: What does it mean to say that moral knowledge is “embedded” in our social practices? And what is the nature of this knowledge? Throughout the course of the chapter, I will suggest that there are a number of features of our social lives that support the idea that moral knowledge is embedded in our social practices and that at least a portion of that knowledge is best thought of as moral know-how involving capacities, abilities, and/or dispositions to behave in certain morally relevant ways.

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