Externalism About Mental Content

[Revised entry by Joe Lau and Max Deutsch on January 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of our mental states such as beliefs and desires are intentional mental states, or mental
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[Revised entry by Joe Lau and Max Deutsch on January 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of our mental states such as beliefs and desires are intentional mental states, or mental states with content. Externalism with regard to mental content says that in order to have certain types of intentional mental states (e.g. beliefs), it is necessary to be related to the environment in the right way. Internalism (or individualism) denies this, and it...

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