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  1. Asa Maria Wikforss (2008). Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of Content. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 38 (3):399-424.
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  2. Asa Maria Wikforss & Soren Haggqvist (2007). Externalism and a Posteriori Semantics. Erkenntnis 67 (3):373 - 386.
    It is widely held that the meaning of certain types of terms, such as natural kind terms, is individuated externalistically, in terms of the individual's external environment. Recently a more radical thesis has emerged, a thesis we dub 'a posteriori semantics.' The suggestion is that not only does a term's meaning depend on the external environment, but so does its semantics. One motivation for this is the aim to account for cases where a putative natural kind term fails to pick (...)
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  3. Asa Maria Wikforss (2006). Content Externalism and Fregean Sense. In P. Marvan (ed.), What Determines Content? The Internalism/Externalism Dispute. Cambridge Scholars Press.
    Can externalist concepts really capture an individual.
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  4. Asa Maria Wikforss (2005). Naming Natural Kinds. Synthese 145 (1):65-87.
    This paper discusses whether it can be known a priori that a particular term, such as water, is a natural kind term, and how this problem relates to Putnams claim that natural kind terms require an externalist semantics. Two conceptions of natural kind terms are contrasted: The first holds that whether water is a natural kind term depends on its a priori knowable semantic features. The second.
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  5. Asa Maria Wikforss (2004). Direct Knowledge and Other Minds. Theoria 70 (2-3):271-293.
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  6. Asa Maria Wikforss (2004). Externalism and Incomplete Understanding. Philosophical Quarterly 54 (215):287-294.
    Sarah Sawyer has challenged my claim that social externalism depends on the assumption that individuals have an incomplete grasp of their own concepts. Sawyer denies that Burge's later sofa thought-experiment relies on this assumption: the unifying principle behind the thought-experiments supporting social externalism, she argues, is just that referents play a role in the individuation of concepts. I argue that Sawyer fails to show that social externalism need not rely on the assumption of incomplete understanding. To establish the content externalist (...)
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  7. Åsa Maria Wikforss (2003). An a Posteriori Conception of Analyticity? Grazer Philosophische Studien 66 (1):119-139.
    At the time that Quine wrote "Two Dogmas" an attack on analyticity was considered a simultaneous attack on the very idea of necessary truth. This all changed with Kripke's revival of a non-epistemic, non-linguistic notion of necessity. My paper discusses the question whether we can take Kripke one step further and free analyticity from its epistemic ties, thereby reinstating a notion of analyticity that is immune to Quine's attack, and compatible with his epistemic holism. I discuss this question by examining (...)
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  8. Asa Maria Wikforss (2001). On Self-Knowledge and Grasping the Content of One's Own Thoughts. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9 (2):229-260.
     
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  9. Asa Maria Wikforss (2001). Social Externalism and Conceptual Errors. Philosophical Quarterly 51 (203):217-31.
    Ever since Putnam and Burge launched their respective attacks on individualist accounts of meaning the individualist has felt squeezed for space.1 Very little maneuvering room, it seems, is left for the philosopher who wants to deny that meaning and mental content depend on the speaker's social environment. One option, popular amongst individualists, is to grant that reference is socially determined but argue that there is nevertheless a notion of meaning or content that can be understood individualistically. That is, the individualist (...)
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  10. Asa Maria Wikforss (2001). Semantic Normativity. Philosophical Studies 102 (2):203-26.