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ProtoSociology

Volume 11, 1998

Cognitive Semantics II

Anthony Brueckner
Pages 149-159
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology19981136

Content Externalism and A Priori Knowledge

M. McKinsey has argued that the externalist theory of mental content implies that one can have a priori knowledge of propositions that are in fact only knowable a posteriori. So, according to McKinsey, the externalist theory must be mistaken. A. Gallois and J. O'Leary-Hawthorne have formalized this argument. In this paper, I discuss their formalization and their criticisms of it.

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