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  • adj. Holding that a particular mental phenomenon, such as motivation or justification, has an internal rather than external basis
  • n. A supporter of internalism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as internist.


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internal +‎ -ist


  • I will call the internalist sense of the theory theory "theory theory (internal)".

    Folk Psychology as a Theory

  • What connection does that highly "internalist" enterprise have with the design of social systems or institutions?

    Social Epistemology

  • But even on internalist theories of knowledge, one is, as Hume realized, still faced with the problem of induction being itself unjustifed without circularity, given naturalism; whereas, if we have reasons to accept theism that are logically independent of the issue of justifying induction (and all philosophical theists do think we have such reasons), then we have a warrant for believing induction is reliable that is independent of induction and hence non-circular.

    Bits and Pieces of an RNA World

  • Rational inference, by contrast, is the paradigmatic example of a situation in which the factors relevant to warrant are accessible to reflection; for this reason, examples based on rational insight have always formed the prime examples for internalist epistemologies.

    Backing Into an Evidentiary Standard for ID

  • An internalist, personal-enlightenment seeking philosophy, such as Zen Buddhism, requires no rationality-defying “leap-of-faith” and is both intellectually acceptable and spiritually satisfying to me.

    Jesus Christ! - :: gia’s blog ::

  • Of course, you can be an internalist or externalist at different altitudes of development, and historically these have changed over time, as we've already seen.


  • You guessed it: Right is still internalist, and Left is still externalist.


  • Feminists might also question whether the internalist is correct in thinking that if an otherwise rational person fails to be motivated by her moral judgment, then she is irrational.

    Feminist Moral Psychology

  • An internalist might impugn her rationality: if she truly recognizes that she has a reason to be self-respecting, yet remains unmoved, she must be irrational.

    Feminist Moral Psychology

  • Still other feminists challenge the internalist thesis that motivation is necessarily present in the rational agent who recognizes a reason to act morally.

    Feminist Moral Psychology


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