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East Tennessee State University
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    Mentalism is Not Epistemic Ur-Internalism.Evan Butts - 2012 - Philosophical Explorations 15 (2):233 - 249.
    Earl Conee and Richard Feldman claim that mentalism identifies the core of internalist epistemology. This is what I call identifying ur-internalism. Their version of ur-internalism differs from the traditional one ? viz., accessibilism ? by not imposing requirements stipulating that subjects must have reflective access to facts which justify their beliefs for these beliefs to be justified. Instead, justification simply supervenes on the mental lives of subjects. I argue that mentalism fails to establish itself as ur-internalism by demonstrating that the (...)
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    Slim Is In: An Argument for a Narrow Conception of Abilities in Epistemology.Evan Butts - 2014 - Journal of Philosophical Research 39:51-66.
    Ability is a key notion in much contemporary externalist epistemology. Various authors have argued that there is an ability condition on knowledge . Moreover, epistemic justification is also arguably tied to ability. Yet there is not total agreement amongst the interested parties about the conditions under which subjects possess abilities, nor the conditions under which a subject who possesses an ability exercises or manifests it. Here, I will address what conditions must obtain for a subject to possess an ability.
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    Know How. By J. Stanley. (Oxford UP, 2011. Pp. 201. Price £25.00.).Evan Butts - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (250):180-184.
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    Externalist Epistemology and the Constitution of Cognitive Abilities.Evan Thomas Butts - 2012 - Dissertation, University of Edinburgh
    Cognitive abilities have been invoked to do much work in externalist epistemology. An ability condition is seen to be key in satisfying direction-of-fit and modal stability intuitions which attach to the accrual of positive epistemic status to doxastic attitudes. While the notion of ability has been given some extensive treatment in the literature, the implications for these abilities being particularly cognitive ones has been given less attention. To rectify this oversight, I examine the debate over the nature of cognition from (...)
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    Review of "The Unexplained Intellect: Complexity, Time, and the Metaphysics of Embodied Thought". [REVIEW]Evan Butts - 2016 - Essays in Philosophy 17 (2):222-233.
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    Attributing Mental Properties to Wide Subjects.Evan Butts - unknown
    Rob Wilson claims that mental properties are not attributable to wide subjects, despite the claims of authors like Clark and Chalmers. I examine Wilson's objection and endeavor to demonstrate that Clark and Chalmers' account does support the attribution of mental properties to wide subjects.
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