Conceptual errors and social externalism

Philosophical Quarterly 53 (211):265-273 (2003)
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' 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
Keywords Concept  Error  Externalism  Mental States  Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9213.00311
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Tyler Burge (1979). Individualism and the Mental. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 4 (1):73-122.
Tyler Burge (1986). Intellectual Norms and Foundations of Mind. Journal of Philosophy 83 (December):697-720.

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Asa Maria Wikforss (2008). Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of Content. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (3):399-424.

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