All the Difference in the World
Crane (Tim)
Source: Philosophical Quarterly 41.162, Jan. 1991, pp. 1-25
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    The 'twin earth' arguments of Putnam and Burge are generally supposed to establish that certain intentional states have 'broad contents', 'narrow contents', or some combination thereof. This paper disputes the distinction between broad and narrow content. The twin earth arguments only establish their conclusions if certain implausible assumptions are made about natural kinds1 and the relation between thought and language. Once these assumptions are discarded, it is clear that the contents of intentional states can be shared by 'twins2' and yet have truth-conditions: so they are neither broad nor narrow.

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