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Joseph Mendola


Externalism about mental content is the view that things outside of the skin or in the past are constitutive parts of present mental states. Internalism is the denial of externalism. This book propounds a plausible physicalist internalism, called qualia empiricism. Qualia empiricism is the conjunction of a modal structuralist account of perceptual experience, an account of the content contributed to thought by referring terms that deploys rigidified description clusters, and an account of non-epistemic internal resources that can bridge those first two elements. It also argues that externalism ... More

Keywords: mental content, internalism, externalism, physicalist, empiricism, qualia, disjunctivists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199534999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Mendola, author
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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