The Skeptics

The Skeptics : Contemporary Essays

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This is an anthology of work by internationally renowned philosophers who present research into the problem of scepticism. An introductory essay by the editor outlines current thought and introduces the key themes in the ensuing chapters. "The Skeptics" discusses a range of approaches to knowledge, including coherentism, relativism, contextualism and externalism, and explores different forms of scepticism, including regress or Pyrrhonian scepticism, indiscernability or Cartesian scepticism, and 'philosophical' scepticism. A bibliography is included, offering a guide to further reading.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • bibliography, index
  • 075460621X
  • 9780754606215

Table of contents

Scepticism and foundations, Gilbert Harman; how should we respond to scepticism with regard to the senses?, Michael Ayers; is knowledge easy - or impossible? externalism as the only alternative to scepticism, James Van Cleve; three attempts to refute Scepticism and why they fail, Richard Foley; how a Pyrrhonian sceptic might respond to academic scepticism, Peter Klein; scepticism, fallibility and circularity, Keith Lehrer; skepticism - what perception teaches, Fred Dretske; elusive knowledge, David Lewis; two diagnoses of scepticism, Robert Fogelin; responding to the sceptic - therapeutic versus theoretical diagnosis, Marie McGinn; neither contextualism nor scepticism, Ernest Sosa; indiscernability scepticism, Steven Luper; brains in vats, Hilary Putnam; trees, computer program features and sceptical hypotheses, Anthony Brueckner; metascepticism - meditations in ethno-epistemology, Shaun Nichols, Stephen Stich, Jonathan M. Weinberg; scepticism and the social construction of science and technology - the case of the boundary layer, David Bloor.
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