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Tue May 11 2004

Books: Cognitive Science: Nuccetelli (Ed)

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  1. dgw, New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge: Nuccetelli (Ed)

Message 1: New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge: Nuccetelli (Ed)

Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 16:12:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: dgw <>
Subject: New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge: Nuccetelli (Ed)

Title: New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge
Series Title: Bradford Books

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	MIT Press

Book URL:

Editor: Susana Nuccetelli, St. Cloud State University

Hardback: ISBN: 0262140837, Pages: 280, Price: U.S. $35


Semantic externalism is the thesis that the contents of some words and
thoughts depend in part on properties external to the person who
entertains them. In a departure from the widely held doctrine of
internalism, externalists maintain that not all mental content is
local to the mind. That view, however, seems to some philosophers to
be at odds with our ordinary intuitions about self-knowledge. This
book shows that the debate over the compatability of externalism and
self-knowledge has led to the investigation of a variety of topics,
including the a priori, transmission of epistemic warrant,
question-begging reasoning, and the semantics of natural-kind terms,
as well as other issues crucial to epistemology, the philosophy of
mind, and the philosophy of language. The essays in the book make
clear that externalism and self-knowledge raise many questions and
that there are many paths to answering them. The best way to deal with
the competing arguments, the editor claims, is to follow a principle
of doxastic conservatism, which recommends that, when possible, one
should favor the strategy that best accommodates all of the most
accepted intuitions at stake.

Jessica Brown, Anthony Brueckner, Martin Davies, Fred Dretske, Gary
Ebbs, Kevin Falvey, Richard Fumerton, Sandford Goldberg, Michael
McKinsey, Brian McLaughlin, Susana Nuccetelli, Joseph Owens, Matthias
Steup, Crispin Wright.

Lingfield(s):	Cognitive Science
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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