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Excessive concern with outer circumstances or appearances.

ex·ter′nal·ist n.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) exaggerated emphasis on outward form, esp in religious worship
2. (Philosophy) a philosophical doctrine holding that only objects that can be perceived by the senses are real; phenomenalism
exˈternalist n


(ɪkˈstɜr nlˌɪz əm)

attention to externals, esp. to an excessive degree.
ex•ter′nal•ist, n.


attention paid to outward or outside matters, especially in religious affairs. — externalist, n.
See also: Attitudes
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According to Burge, externalism with respect to content does not entail that content does not supervene on psychological causal powers.
Oddly, the student might then not "know" the content of the representation he accepts, but Recanati passes this off as a "lesson of externalism.
This view, a form of epistemological "naturalism," has been denominated "proper function externalism.
We will consider Fumerton's case against externalism below.
This is a central claim of epistemological externalism.
Externalism, Skepticism, and Skeptical Dogmatism, MARK WALKER
externalism dispute in semantics and comes to the conclusion that 'the aims and methods of systematic inquiry (science and philosophy) are not served or constrained by our vernacular notions, whether they are coherent or not' (148).
Topics explored include internalism versus externalism in relation to mental and linguistic content, truth-conditional versus non-truth-conditional conceptions of content, the relative priorities of thought and language in the explanation of intentionality, the status of the distinction between force and sense in the theory of meaning, the issue of meaning skepticism in relation to rule-following, and the proper characterization of "what is said" in relation to the semantics/pragmatics distinction.
Views that individuate content in terms of inferential role face a variety of well-known prima facie problems, perhaps the three most often mentioned being their apparent violation of compositionality, their difficulty accommodating semantic externalism, and the overly fine conception of content to which their holism commits them.
But a consequence of the externalism engendered by (c) is that content is individuated "broadly", by reference to relations between mental states and the world.
2) It is only if such externalism is denied that the cognitivist may be in trouble.
McGinn tackles a diverse host of issues: sense, reference, identity, the relationship between sentences and propositions, proper names, modes of presentation, indefinite and definite descriptions, referential and attributive modes of description, the problem of negative existentials, rigid and nonrigid designators, demonstratives, indexicals, satisfaction, semantic internalism and externalism, the redundancy theory of truth, object and metalanguage, and speaker meaning, among many others.