Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

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. [email protected]

a2 Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. [email protected]

a3 Department of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005. [email protected]


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.