Whither internalism? How internalists should respond to the extended mind hypothesis
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Philosophy and Religious Studies
A new position in the philosophy of mind has recently appeared: the extended mind hypothesis (EMH). Some of its proponents think the EMH, which says that a subject's mental states can extend into the local environment, shows that internalism is false. I argue that this is wrong. The EMH does not refute internalism; in fact, it necessarily does not do so. The popular assumption that the EMH spells trouble for internalists is premised on a bad characterization of the internalist thesis—albeit one that most internalists have adhered to. I show that internalism is entirely compatible with the EMH. This view should prompt us to reconsider the characterization of internalism, and in conclusion I make some brief remarks about how that project might proceed.
Bartlett, G. (2008). Whither internalism? How internalists should respond to the extended mind hypothesis. Metaphilosophy, 39(2), 163–184. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9973.2008.00535.x
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