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Durham University

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Publication details for Dr Andrew Davis

A.J. Davis (2005). Social Externalism and the Ontology of Competence. Philosophical Explorations 8(3): 297-308.

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Social externalism implies that many competences are not personal assets separable from social and cultural environments but complex states of affairs involving individuals and persisting features of social reality. The paper explores the consequences for competence identity over time and across contexts, and hence for the predictive role usually accorded to competences.


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