Mind, Language, and Subjectivity: Minimal Content and the Theory of Thought

2015.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Georgalis, Mind, Language, and Subjectivity: Minimal Content and the Theory of Thought, Routledge, 2015, 260pp., $140.00
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2015.06.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Georgalis, Mind, Language, and Subjectivity: Minimal Content and the Theory of Thought, Routledge, 2015, 260pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138795969. Reviewed by Joe Y.F. Lau, The University of Hong Kong Externalism is the thesis that our intentional mental states have "wide" contents. In other words, the content of these mental states fails to supervene on the purely "narrow" or intrinsic properties of the agent. This implies that two physically identical twins with the same brain state could actually possess different beliefs. Putnam and Burge have famously argued for externalism by trying to show how mental content depends on the social and physical environment. The upshot is that externalism is now a dominant position within the philosophy of mind. According to the 2009 PhilPapers survey, 51% of professional philosophers accept externalism, with 20% endorsing internalism, and 29% picking "other".. . .

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