External accounts of folk psychology, eliminativism, and the simulation theory

Mind and Language 14 (1):113-130 (1999)
Stich and Ravenscroft (1994) distinguish between internal and external accounts of folk psychology and argue that this distinction makes a significant difference to the debate over eliminative materialism. I argue that their views about the implications of the internal/external distinction for the debate over eliminativism are mistaken. First, I demonstrate that the first of their two external versions of folk psychology is either not a possible target of eliminativist critique, or not a target distinct from their second version of externalism. Second, I show that whether or not the second of their two external version of folk psychology is open to eliminativist critique depends on ‘internal’ factors. Finally, I argue that they are wrong to claim that eliminativists might, by attacking external versions of folk psychology, escape being put out of business if the simulation theory is correct.
Keywords Eliminativism  Folk Psychology  Metaphysics  Psychology  Simulation  Ravenscroft, I  Stich, S
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DOI 10.1111/1468-0017.00105
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