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Análisis filosófico

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PEREZ OTERO, Manuel. Las consecuencias existenciales del externismo. Anal. filos. [online]. 2004, vol.24, n.1, pp. 29-58. ISSN 1851-9636.

I approach in this article one of the problems which purportedly would show the incompatibility of externalism and authoritative self-knowledge. The problem is based on some alleged consequences of externalism regarding the existence of substances or objects external to the thinker: if externalism is a priori, then a subject can know a priori that water exists by knowing a priori (by introspection) his thought about water. The two main compatibilist responses I work out exploit the role played by experience in a priori knowledge. Taking into account the experience required to entertain the relevant thoughts makes less puzzling that a subject could acquire a priori knowledge about water's existence, or about a weaker related condition which is the real commitment of externalism.

Palabras clave : Externalism; Self-knowledge; Object-dependent concepts; A priori; Fallibilism.

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