Meaning of externalism in English:



mass noun
  • 1Excessive regard for outward form in religion.

    ‘religion needs to be questioned for its negative attitudes, hypocrisy, and externalism’
    • ‘Having established the principle which condemned religious externalism, Jesus went on to give specific examples of its practice.’
    • ‘Eventually, he argued, this is what in fact happened so that the prophets faced a dead externalism in religious practice and a mechanical routine in religious thought.’
  • 2Philosophy
    The view that mental events and acts are essentially dependent on the world external to the mind, in opposition to the Cartesian separation of mental and physical worlds.

    ‘By considering a series of examples, I shall attempt to exhibit as clearly as possible the fundamental intuition about epistemic rationality that externalism seems to violate.’
    • ‘However, one may draw rather different conclusions from the Cartesian thought experiment - turning it against externalism.’
    • ‘So externalism poses no extra challenge to functionalism.’
    • ‘This weak externalism naturally expands into more robust varieties.’
    • ‘The difference between externalism and internalism is that of watching a movie versus having a role in one and making up our own lines.’



/ɪkˈstəːn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ /ɛkˈstəːn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/