The Role of Information in Knowledge-How

Jonathan Najenson, Nir Fresco

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Knowledge-how is the kind of knowledge implicated in skill employment and acquisition. Intellectualists claim that knowledge-how is a special type of propositional knowledge. Anti-intellectualists claim that knowledge-how is not propositional. We argue that both views face two open challenges. The first challenge pertains to the relationship between informational states and motor variability. The second pertains to the epistemic function of practice that leads to skill (and knowledge-how). The aim of this paper is to suggest a general conceptual framework based on functional information with both intellectualist and anti-intellectualist features. Our proposal, we argue, avoids the above challenges, and can further the debate on knowledge-how and skill.

Original languageEnglish
Article number634968
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - 13 Sep 2021


  • automatization
  • information
  • knowledge
  • motor control
  • skill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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