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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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Externalists about psychological categories, on the other hand, reject the LC and/or PC.
This paper argues that any form of the relevant alternatives theory of knowledge (for example, contextualism, contrasivism, and so on) can solve the bootstrapping problem and the problem that semantic externalists seem to have armchair knowledge of the world.
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.
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.
37 Reliabilists about knowledge, as externalists about knowledge, are motivated to deny that our knowing p involves knowing that we know p, but they are not motivated to deny that knowing that p involves there being some justification for p.
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.
And whereas internalists (Type 5) are spread across the possible range of opinions on the private-private question, externalists cluster around the public end of the spectrum.
Internalists emphasize the progress while the externalists focus on the continuing challenges.
Likewise, cultural studies critics are externalists.
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.
The debate about the locus information is has seen a tension between internalists and externalists.