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Robert C. Stalnaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545995.001.0001

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Starting in the Middle

Starting in the Middle

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(p.1) 1 Starting in the Middle
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Our Knowledge of the Internal World
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Robert C. Stalnaker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545995.003.0001

This chapter sets the stage by sketching, in general terms, the externalist perspective that guides the argument of the book. Four examples are given from the recent philosophical literature of an externalist shift: Hume's skeptical solution to his skeptical doubts about induction; Wilfrid Sellars's discussion of sense data, perception, and visual experience; Saul Kripke's criticisms of the description theory of reference; and David Lewis's discussion of the Putnam paradox. The aim in giving these familiar examples is to bring out some common patterns of argument. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Bernard Williams's notion of an absolute conception of reality.

Keywords:   Hume, Kripke, Sellars, David Lewis, Putnam paradox, externalism, absolute conception

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