From the Introduction:
Intellectualism is by definition a vice—the vice of overstating the role of
intellect in experience and action, of seeing reason (or inferences, or concepts)
where they are not. In what follows I find some justification for Dreyfus’ charge
that McDowell’s views are intellectualist in this sense. But my reasons leave me
room to agree with McDowell: our rational capacities also do, in a way,
“pervasively shape” our experience, and this can make it misguided to look for
some “core” of experience we share with sentient creatures that lack them.