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Belief about the SelfA Defense of the Property Theory of Content$
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Neil Feit

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341362.001.0001

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IN FAVOR OF THE PROPERTY THEORY

IN FAVOR OF THE PROPERTY THEORY

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(p.25) CHAPTER TWO IN FAVOR OF THE PROPERTY THEORY
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Belief about the Self
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Neil Feit (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341362.003.0002

This chapter sets out the case for the property theory of content. The first section discusses an argument based on John Perry's famous case of the messy shopper. The second section discusses an argument based on David Lewis's case of the two gods. In the third section, new arguments for the theory are defended, arguments from psychological internalism and from physicalism. Finally, the fourth section discusses a more general argument — an inference to the best explanation — in favor of the property theory.

Keywords:   Chisholm, internalism, Lewis, Perry, physicalism, property theory

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