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Knowing our Ways About in the World

Philosophical perspectives on practical knowledge
This anthology focuses on "practical" forms and expressions of knowledge, like thinking through artistic media or by crafting things out of materials. The ten chapters follow and review various tracks in conceptions of contemporary knowledge, exploring human knowledge and experience from the perspective of human activities or practices, professional, artistic, domestic, or whatever. A guiding idea is that human knowledge seldom, perhaps never, fits into the traditional dualism between thinking and doing.

The chapters are written by philosophers and musicians - some with a double experience as artists and theoreticians. The themes are philosophical, but above all, they touch on questions that are essential for how we understand ourselves as thinking and playing bodies, indeed as parts of nature. The book does not propose one single "theory of knowledge" but steps towards a more diverse and open attitude to the meaning of knowledge.

We hope that the texts will be of interest and useful in both discipline-based and professional education: in philosophy, art schools, teacher education, and in other programmes where tacit and practical knowledge are essential for the (future) practitioners. It is possible to independently read, and profit from, most of the chapters.

Detailed information

  • Pages: 210
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788215069142
  • Publication date: 08.12.2023
  • Book group: 217

Bengt Molander

Bengt Molander is a professor emeritus of philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His main research interest is tacit and practical forms of knowledge. His main work in this area is The Practice of Knowing and Knowing in Practices (2015).
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Thomas Netland

Thomas Netland is an assistant professor in philosophy at the Department of Religion, Philosophy and History, University of Agder (UiA). His main research areas are phenomenology and cognitive science, especially issues related to the so-called enactive approach. Netland's most recent publication is "The Lived, Living, and Behavioral Sense of Perception" (2022).
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Mattias Solli

Mattias Solli is a former jazz musician, now philosopher and associate professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His research focuses on phenomenological and hermeneutical approaches to communication, action, and learning. Among his recent publications is Learning Jazz Language by Aural Imitation: A Usage-Based Communicative Jazz Theory (2021, 2022), with Erling Aksdal and John Pål Inderberg.
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