Anti-Externalism

Paperback | May 1, 2013

byJoseph Mendola

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Internalism in philosophy of mind is the thesis that all conditions that constitute a person's current thoughts and sensations, with their characteristic contents, are internal to that person's skin and contemporaneous. Externalism is the denial of internalism, and is now broadly popular.Joseph Mendola argues that internalism is true, and that there are no good arguments that support externalism. Anti-Externalism has three parts. Part I examines famous case-based arguments for externalism due to Kripke, Putnam, and Burge, and develops a unified internalist response incorporating rigidified description clusters. It argues that this proposal's only real difficulties are shared by all viableexternalist treatments of both Frege's Hesperus-Phosphorus problem and Russell's problem of empty names, so that these difficulties cannot be decisive. Part II critically examines theoretical motivations for externalism entwined with causal accounts of perceptual content, as refined by Dretske,Fodor, Millikan, Papineau, and others, as well as motivations entwined with disjunctivism and the view that knowledge is the basic mental state. It argues that such accounts are false or do not provide proper motivation for externalism, and develops an internalist but physicalist account of sensorycontent involving intentional qualia. Part III critically examines theoretical motivations for externalism entwined with externalist accounts of language, including work of Brandom, Davidson, and Wittgenstein. It dialectically develops an internalist account of thoughts mediated by language that canbridge the internally constituted qualia of Part II and the rigidified description clusters of Part I.

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Internalism in philosophy of mind is the thesis that all conditions that constitute a person's current thoughts and sensations, with their characteristic contents, are internal to that person's skin and contemporaneous. Externalism is the denial of internalism, and is now broadly popular.Joseph Mendola argues that internalism is true, ...

Joseph Mendola is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of Human Thought (Kluwer) and Goodness and Justice (Cambridge University Press).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pagesPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: On Some Misleading Cases2. Externalist Cases and Internalist Theory3. Internalist Cases and Externalist Theory4. The Real MoralPart II: Mind-Based Externalism and Sensory Content5. Against Etiological Semantics6. Non-Etiological Mind-Based Externalism7. Qualia and Sensory ContentPart III: Language-Based Externalism and Thought Content8. Private Language and Privileged Access9. Language, Truth, and Inference10. Qualia EmpiricismBibliography

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"the most developed, sustained, and astute critical investigation of externalism about mental content." --ProtoSociology