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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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What externalists are calling desire should really be called "my interest" or "what is as a matter of fact good for me.
On the other side, the externalists placed the medical knowledge and practice as dependent on their social contexts.
In particular, a number of externalists have drawn on examples of severely depressed or listless agents who lack moral motivation.
Sarraute's one reference to determinism, quoting from Magny in "De Dostoievsky a Kafka," is not complimentary (OEuvres completes 1557) and links the belief to the novels of Camus and the American externalists, which the same essay compares unfavorably to the work of Proust and Dostoyevsky.
Instead, they are best understood as locating explanations along a spectrum, with externalists attributing less importance to internal legal factors, and internalists ascribing less importance to certain exogenous, extralegal factors.
Where externalists and intensionalists disagree with mentalists, and do so radically, is on the content of the comprehension compulsion, or on what precisely it is that is so compulsively linked.
And second, he would point out that the very concept of unreflective or animal knowledge is theory-laden and would insist on the fierce and unresolved disagreement on the topic between internalists and externalists.
8) In philosophical terms, internalists are supposedly legalists who view law as autonomous from politics; externalists are said to be legal realists.
No real "internalist" rejects "third-person attribution," "subjectivity of others" or "theory of mind"--quite the contrary, though Palmer identifies these with the "externalist perspective" It is difficult not to feel that Palmer has simply attributed unpopular beliefs to internalists and popular beliefs to externalists.
Internalists emphasize the progress while the externalists focus on the continuing challenges.
At best, what Ramsey has done is demonstrated that if belief content influences behavior and if we use the faculties content externalists describe and if the workings of such faculties are responsible for those items holding the place of both predicates and subjects in the contents of our beliefs, then R might likely hold for creatures like us.
Externalists characterize knowledge as a kind of causal relationship between the aspect of the world that is known and the belief state in the individual.