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Single Idea 4067

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 6. Broad Content]

Full Idea

If a mental state is broad, then the existence of the mental state entails the existence of its object.


'Broad' content gets its meaning from the world, not from the mind

Gist of Idea

Broad content entails the existence of the object of the thought


Tim Crane (Elements of Mind [2001], 1.7)

Book Reference

Crane,Tim: 'Elements of Mind' [OUP 2001], p.27

A Reaction

Hence thinking of non-existent things like unicorns is problematic for externalists. However, externalists can think about numbers or Platonic ideals.