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Anti-Externalism$
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Joseph Mendola

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Anti-Externalism
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Joseph Mendola (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.003.0001

This chapter provides a characterization of internalism and externalism about mental content, introduces standard motivations for both, and sketches the structure of the book. Standard motivations for internalism include arguments from introspection and explanation. Standard motivations for externalism include intuitions about cases and more theoretical arguments entwined with externalist accounts of word-mediated thoughts and perceptual thoughts. And both externalists and internalist appeal to science. The goal of this book is to develop another internalist argument, by disposing of all standing externalist arguments and propounding an attractive internalism.

Keywords:   internalism, externalism, mental content, introspection, explanation, case-based arguments

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