Rule-Following and Externalism*


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    For comments and discussion I am very grateful to Jim Edwards, Brian Garrett, Guy Longworth, Brian Morrison, Gregory McCulloch, Harold Noonan, Jim Stuart, and two anonymous referees for this journal.


John McDowell has suggested recently that there is a route from his favoured solution to Kripke's Wittgenstein's “sceptical paradox” about rule-following to a particular form of cognitive externalism. In this paper, 1 argue that this is not the case: even granting McDowell his solution to the rule-following paradox, his preferred version of cognitive externalism does not follow.