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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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THE PROPERTY THEORY, TWIN EARTH, AND BELIEF ABOUT KINDS

THE PROPERTY THEORY, TWIN EARTH, AND BELIEF ABOUT KINDS

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(p.163) CHAPTER SEVEN THE PROPERTY THEORY, TWIN EARTH, AND BELIEF ABOUT KINDS
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Belief about the Self
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341362.003.0007

This chapter considers Twin Earth cases of the sort introduced by Hilary Putnam. The goal is to present a collection of answers to various metaphysical and semantic questions raised by these cases. The chapter defends a property-theoretic version of internalism about the mind, which is defended in part by a critical examination of the standard arguments that draw externalist conclusions from Twin Earth examples. The first section reviews Putnam's classic example and distinguishes psychological from semantic externalism. The second section discusses the general Twin Earth argument against psychological internalism. The third and fourth sections contain a two-stage internalist response to Twin Earth arguments for externalism. The fifth and final section presents and defends some concluding remarks about self-ascription and belief about natural kinds.

Keywords:   externalism, internalism, natural kinds, Putnam, Twin Earth

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