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

Full Idea

The roots of externalist accounts of mental content lie in Wittgenstein.

Gist of Idea

Externalist accounts of mental content begin in Wittgenstein


report of Ludwig Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations [1952]) by John Heil - From an Ontological Point of View 18.2 n1

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'From an Ontological Point of View' [OUP 2005], p.209

A Reaction

This points to the key idea being that content involves the whole language community, rather than that it involves the physical stuffs of the world, such as water. I suspect that Wittgenstein is right, but Putnam is wrong.