[MaFLa] invitation to a philosophy talk by Howard Robinson - 22nd November, 4.30 PM

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.hu
Wed Nov 16 11:42:20 CET 2011

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk 
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
Howard Robinson (CEU) 
Burge on 'Constitutive dependence': why he fails to reconcile 
anti-individualism about mental content with the literal 
internality of mental states.
Tuesday, 22 November, 2011, 4.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412
Some people think that externalism is the thesis that mental states consist, in part, of things outside our heads, so that the mental states themselves are literally partly external. Burge denies this, saying that externalism only claims that the existence of certain external objects is a necessary condition for internal mental states to have the content they do. In this paper I try to show why this apparently innocuous form of externalism cannot cope with introspective self-knowledge. Time permitting, I shall discuss arguments from Searle, Stalnaker and Lewis, as well as from Burge.
 Kriszta Biber
Department Coordinator
Philosophy Department
Tel: 36-1-327-3806
Fax: 36-1-327-3072
E-mail: biberk at ceu.hu
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