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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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Externalist Cases and Internalist Theory

Externalist Cases and Internalist Theory

(p.23) 2 Externalist Cases and Internalist Theory

Joseph Mendola (Contributor Webpage)

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The dominant roots of externalism are the Twin Earth and Elm-Beech cases of Hilary Putnam, the Arthritis case of Tyler Burge, and the Feynman-Gell-Mann, Gödel-Schmidt, and Aristotle cases of Saul Kripke. This chapter sketches a general internalist response to these cases, deploying a certain sort of rigidification of description clusters. It isolates the three central intuitive difficulties of such a view: the belief-ascription objection, the multiple-contents objection, and the subject-matter objection.

Keywords:   Twin Earth, Arthritis, Feynman-Gell-Mann, Gödel-Schmidt, Kripke, Putnam, Burge, rigidification, description cluster

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