Phenomenological immanence, normativity, and semantic externalism

@article{Crowell2006PhenomenologicalIN,
  title={Phenomenological immanence, normativity, and semantic externalism},
  author={Steven Crowell},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2006},
  volume={160},
  pages={335-354}
}
This paper argues that transcendental phenomenology (here represented by Edmund Husserl) can accommodate the main thesis of semantic externalism, namely, that intentional content is not simply a matter of what is ‘in the head,’ but depends on how the world is. I first introduce the semantic problem as an issue of how linguistic tokens or mental states can have ‘content’—that is, how they can set up conditions of satisfaction or be responsive to norms such that they can succeed or fail at… CONTINUE READING

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