The new issue of Inquiry includes an article entitled “McDowell and Dreyfus on Unreflective Action” that we thought might interest some of you. It’s written by Erik Rietveld (Harvard University). To access the article, please click here.
Here is the article’s abstract:
Within philosophy there is not yet an integrative account of unreflective skillful action. As a starting point, contributions would be required from philosophers from both the analytic and continental traditions. Starting from the McDowell-Dreyfus debate, shared Aristotelian-Wittgensteinian common ground is identified. McDowell and Dreyfus agree about the importance of embodied skills, situation-specific discernment and responsiveness to relevant affordances. This sheds light on the embodied and situated nature of adequate unreflective action and provides a starting point for the development of an account that does justice to insights from both philosophical traditions.