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Narrow Content

Juhani Yli-Vakkuri and John Hawthorne


Narrow mental content, if there is such a thing, is content that is entirely determined by the goings-on inside the head of the thinker. A central topic in the philosophy of mind since the mid-1970s has been whether there is a kind of mental content that is narrow in this sense. It is widely conceded, thanks to famous thought experiments by Hilary Putnam and Tyler Burge, that there is a kind of mental content that is not narrow. But it is often maintained that there is also a kind of mental content that is narrow, and that such content can play various key explanatory roles relating, inter ali ... More

Keywords: narrow content, mental content, mental representation, intentionality, internalism, externalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785965
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juhani Yli-Vakkuri, author
Professor in Philosophy of Language, University of Tartu

John Hawthorne, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California