- (philosophy) Holding that a particular mental phenomenon, such as motivation or justification, has an internal rather than external basis
- 2008 December 6, Sanford C. Goldberg, “Reliabilism in philosophy”, in Philosophical Studies, volume 142, number 1, DOI:10.1007/s11098-008-9300-7:
- For one thing, many people regard rationality as an epistemically internalist notion, whereas reliability is a paradigmatic example of an epistemically externalist notion.
internalist (plural internalists)
- (philosophy) A supporter of internalism
- 2007 July 12, Harold Langsam, “Rationality, Justification, and the Internalism/Externalism Debate”, in Erkenntnis, volume 68, number 1, DOI:10.1007/s10670-007-9059-9:
- Perhaps I will appear presumptuous and misguided in claiming to explain the debate between internalists and externalists, for some would insist that there are a variety of related debates that get discussed under the heading of internalism and externalism.