Externalism, Memory and Self-Knowledge
Kraay (K.J.)
Source: Erkenntnis 56: 297–317, 2002
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  1. Externalism holds that the individuation1 of mental content depends on factors external to the subject. This doctrine appears to undermine both the claim that there is a priori self-knowledge, and the view that individuals have privileged access to their thoughts.
  2. Tyler Burge’s influential inclusion theory of self-knowledge purports to reconcile externalism with authoritative self-knowledge.
  3. I first consider Paul Boghossian’s claim that the inclusion theory is internally inconsistent. I reject one line of response to this charge, but I endorse another.
  4. I next suggest, however, that the inclusion theory has little explanatory value.

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