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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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Non‐Etiological Mind‐Based Externalism

Non‐Etiological Mind‐Based Externalism

(p.143) 6 Non‐Etiological Mind‐Based Externalism

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This chapter discusses externalist theories of mental content that do not involve the mediation of thought by language and in which history is not crucial. It argues that the asymmetric dependence semantics of Fodor is false, and it critically considers other mind-based accounts of proper semantic causes, including the normality account of Harman, Stampe, Stalnaker, and Tye, partly by appeal to facts about color blindness.

Keywords:   mental content, Fodor, asymmetric dependence, color blindness, normality, Harman, Stampe, Stalnaker, Tye

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