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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 13264
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   The Discrimination Argument: A Reply to Dierig
  Author(s):  Mahmoud Morvarid
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Erkenntnis
  No.:  5
  Vol.:  79
  Year:  2014
  Pages:   1209-1219
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
Boghossian's discrimination argument aims to show that content externalism undermines the privileged access thesis. Simon Dierig has recently proposed a new objection to Boghossian's argument according to which having a "twater thought" is not an alternative, and a fortiori not a relevant alternative, to possessing a "water thought". Dierig also considers, and criticizes, a modified version of the discrimination argument which would be immune to his objection. I shall argue, first, that he fails to advance a successful objection to the original version of the argument; and, second, that his criticism of the modified version is misconceived

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