Externalism and Brain Transplants
Madden (Rory)
Source: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol 6, eds. K. Bennett and D. Zimmerman, OUP 2011
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  1. This essay presents a new animalist1 model of the challenging case of brain transplantation2. The animalist3 model of the case is developed by analogy with cases of environmentally determined reference shift familiar from the literature on externalism.
  2. The resulting externalist-animalist4 model is put to work in describing a range of variant cases, and in explaining away certain anti-animalist intuitions.
  3. The essay finishes by drawing out some consequences of the model, concerning the extrinsic nature of thought, and the coherence of disembodied5 consciousness.

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