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"Rowland's survey is well designed for its intended audience; the prose is consistently clear and straightforward, avoiding undue complications. Relevant philosophical background is unobtrusively provided when needed. He judiciously balances his own argumentation with his review of the existing literature - what is most remarkable is its breadth: the book could almost double as a general introduction to the philosophy of mind." - Mind "Discussions of externalism have become highly specialized and detailed and we risk losing sight of the broader questions and issues. Rowlands' focus in this fascinating book is on such broader issues and provides a welcome preventive against such myopia." - Philosophical Quarterly

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Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice 26 July 2007
By Bradly S. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be brilliant--not in breaking any new ground, but in clearly synthesizing the thread of externalism from Sartre to Clark/Chalmers; not to mention a fantastic summary of the later Wittgestein and crear comparison of content externalism with "vehicle".

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4.0 out of 5 stars How much of our thinking occurs outside of our heads? 26 Sept. 2007
By Robert Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe that Rowlands does a good job of arguing that some of our thinking actually takes place outside of our bodies. That note you leave for yourself is a real and ongoing part of your thought process. But what remains to determine is just how important this particular component of thought is. Most gestures can not encode very many bits of information. (Yes, I do realize one COULD leave a very long note for ones self.) Is this small amount of information, encoded in this way, a SIGNIFICANT part of our total thought?
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy introduction to one of most important subjects in Philosophy ... 31 Mar. 2015
By A.Luther - Published on Amazon.com
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An easy introduction to one of most important subjects in Philosophy of Mind. The basic premise of the book is in distinguishing two types of arguments in the Internalist versus Externalist debate in philosophy of mind -the location claim and the possession claim. Put simply the location claim is whether or not mental phenomena are located spatially in your physical head/body or outside it. The possession claim is whether or not mental phenomena are located purely within a conscious subject or also located without it. Rowlands gives us a background on where philosophers like Descartes, Kant, Husserl, Sartre and Wittgenstein stand or appear to stand on these matters. He introduces readers to arguments around content externalism and vehicle externalism. Ultimately he comes down in favour of some form of both Content and Vehicle Externalism. My one criticism of the book however is that he never explores a more radical form of Vehicle Externalism where not only perceptual experience but also experiences such as memories, dreams and hallucinations are located outside the physical head and body. There are some places that even philosophers fear to tread.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice job 14 July 2016
By Stanley B. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoughtfully crafted, historically grounded look into the principles of externalism. It is accessible to anyone with a capacity for critical thought. The book also provides a nice refresher (via its historical analysis of externalism) of relevant thoughts of such philosophical giants as Descartes, Husserl,Sartre, Wittgenstein and others.
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