ex·​ter·​nal·​ism | \ ek-ˈstər-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce externalism (audio) \

Definition of externalism

1 : attention to externals especially : excessive preoccupation with externals

Examples of externalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manzotti’s brand of externalism is still a minority position in the world of consciousness studies. Meghan O’gieblyn, The New Yorker, "Do We Have Minds of Our Own?," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of externalism

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Externalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/externalism. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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