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Volume 53 • Number 2

April 2015



Introduction to Special Issue of American Philosophical Quarterly Varieties of Externalism: Epistemic, Content, Vehicle

by J. Adam Carter, Andy Clark, Jesper Kallestrup, S. Orestis Palermos, and Duncan Pritchard


Some of the most prominent strands of thinking in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science are developed under the banner of "externalism." Epistemologists typically embrace "externalism" by way of denying some version of "internalism" about epistemic justification—that is, by denying that what epistemically justifies a belief supervenes (entirely) on one's mental states (mentalism) or, alternatively, is accessible by reflection alone (accessibilism). Already, though, different kinds of externalism—with their distinct sources of philosophical motivation outside of epistemology—have become entangled with one another.

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