Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Competence: What's in? What's out? Who knows?

Joshua Alexandera1, Ronald Mallona2 and Jonathan M. Weinberga3

a1 Philosophy Department, Siena College, Loudonville, NY 12211.

a2 Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

a3 Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005.


Knobe's argument rests on a way of distinguishing performance errors from the competencies that delimit our cognitive architecture. We argue that other sorts of evidence than those that he appeals to are needed to illuminate the boundaries of our folk capacities in ways that would support his conclusions.