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Internal Affairs : Making Room for Psychosemantic Internalism - Keith L. Butler

Internal Affairs

Making Room for Psychosemantic Internalism

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1998
ISBN: 9780792352617
Number Of Pages: 257

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This book is not written for posterity. It is meant to constitute part of my contribution to a continuing debate at the intersection of the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, epistemology, and the philosophy of cognitive science. The debate is over how mental states are individuated. Many philosophers, call them externalists (or antiĀ­ individualists), believe that the individuation of mental states requires appeal to an individual's social and/ or physical environment. I am not among them; I am an internalist ( or individualist). This book attempts to show that the leading proponents of externalism make a lot of mistakes in defending their view. This is either because the view is false, so any defense of it is bound to make some mistake or another, or it is because the people defending externalism have not been very careful, or both. I have included some introductory material so that those not already familiar with the issues involved might nevertheless gain entry into the debate. The intended audience, however, consists in those professional philosophers and students of philosophy who are already familiar with and interested in the question of how mental states are individuated. I do not spend much time trying to motivate an interest in this issue. Like all philosophy, it is interesting and worthwhile if one is blessed (or cursed) with the appropriate kind of intellectual curiosity. Those who do not meet this requirement proceed at their own risk.

Introductionp. 1
Externalism and the Propositional Attitudes
Externalism and Twin Earthp. 12
Self-Knowledgep. 25
Skepticismp. 64
Anti-Individualism and the Cognitive Sciences
Computational Vision Theoryp. 84
Causal Powersp. 131
Cognitive Explanationp. 177
Notesp. 227
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780792352617
ISBN-10: 0792352610
Series: Studies in Cognitive Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 31st October 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.25