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The relevant considerations in relation to the typing of kinds in the biological sciences appear to centre on behaviour in a normal context – by “normal” it is meant the context in which the type of entity is standardly located; structure and composition; and, as will be seen shortly, causal history. These two responses to The Context Claim seem to me to have not inconsiderable weight. Let us move on now to the third and fourth responses to the explanatory motivations for internalism recruited by Fodor.

The implication is that Swampman and Davidson may be physically identical, but are not psychologically identical and that this is due to a difference in their causal histories. For example, Davidson suggests that The Swampman cannot be said to recognise his (Davidson’s) friends because that requires that The Swampman and the friends have met previously and, of course, they have not. So despite the fact that The Swampman can be said to be physically 36 Responses to motivations for internalism identical to Davidson (they both instantiate tokens of the same physical state types) they can be said to differ psychologically.

This fifth feature of the Cartesian account of first–person thinking simply falls out of the previous four features 19 Internalism and Externalism mentioned. If subjects have unfettered access to a realm of items the natures of which are open to view to them, in an epistemically privileged way, it would be anticipated that subjects would be authoritative when it comes to the question of knowledge of the natures of those items – where the items in question are conceived to be introspected, inner thoughts, ideas, or concepts.

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