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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 8087
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   The interalism/externalism controversy: the epistemization of an older debate
  Author(s):  H. Vahid
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Dialectical
  Vol.:  52
  Year:  1998
  Pages:   229-246
  Supported by:  IPM
Despite the increasing sophistication of the arguments used by the proponents of the 'internalist' and 'externalist' accounts of justification, the dispute shows no sign of abating. This paper aims at providing an explanation for the current stalemate by showing how the controversy relates to an older debate between the idealists (phenomenalists) and realists. The two disputes, it will be argued, are fuelled by the same concerns and motivations to an extent that the internalism/externalism controversy may be regarded as the epistemization of the latter debate. The question is no longer whether to be (a physical object) is to be perceived (perceivable), but whether to be a justifying ground (evidence) is to be perceived (perceivable). After noting how different strengths of idealism find their analogue in internalism, I shall further reinforce the claims just made by showing how the problems usually associated with the opposite sides of idealism/realism dispute find an echo in the internalism/externalism controversy.

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