Conceptual errors and social externalism

Sawyer, Sarah (2003) Conceptual errors and social externalism. Philosophical Quarterly, 53 (211). pp. 265-273. ISSN 0031-8094

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Åsa Maria Wikforss has proposed a response to Burge's thought experiments in favour of social externalism, one which allows the individualist to maintain that narrow content is truth¿conditional without being idiosyncratic. The narrow aim of this paper is to show that Wikforss's argument against social externalism fails, and hence that the individualist position she endorses is inadequate. The more general aim is to attain clarity on the social externalist thesis. Social externalism need not rest, as is typically thought, on the possibility of incomplete linguistic understanding or conceptual error. I identify the unifying principle that underlies the various externalist thought-experiments.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Sarah Sawyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:06
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2012 08:50
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