The Skeptics

The Skeptics : Contemporary Essays

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The Skeptics is a new anthology of work by internationally renowned philosophers who present cutting-edge research into the problem of skepticism. An introductory essay by the editor outlines current thought and introduces the key themes in the ensuing chapters. Two seminal essays are reprinted amongst the many contributions published here for the first time: Hilary Putnam's Brains in Vats, and David Lewis' Elusive Knowledge. The Skeptics discusses a range of approaches to knowledge, including coherentism, relativism, contextualism, and externalism, and explores different forms of skepticism, including regress or Pyrrhonian skepticism, indiscernability or Cartesian skepticism, and 'philosophical' skepticism. An extensive bibliography is included, offering a guide to further reading. Presented throughout in an accessible style, this book will prove particularly useful for students, researchers and general readers of philosophy who are interested in epistemology and related areas."
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 29 x 155 x 231mm | 478g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138263796
  • 9781138263796

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Contents: Preface; Introduction; Skepticism and foundations, Gilbert Harman; What are we to say to the Carthesian Skeptic?, Michael Ayers; Skepticism and justification, A.C. Grayling; Is knowledge easy ” or impossible? Externalism as the only alternative to Skepticism, James Van Cleve; Three attempts to refute Skepticism and why they fail, Richard Foley; How a Pyrrhonian Skeptic might respond to academic Skepticism, Peter Klein; Skepticism, fallibility and circularity, Keith Lehrer; Skepticism: what perception teaches, Fred Dretske; Elusive knowledge, David Lewis; Two diagnoses of Skepticism, Robert Fogelin; Responding to the Skeptic: therapeutic versus theoretical diagnosis, Marie McGinn; Neither Contextualism nor Skepticism, Ernest Sosa; Indiscernability Skepticism, Steven Luper; Brains in a vat, Hilary Putnam; Trees, computer program features, and skeptical hypotheses, Anthony Brueckner; Meta-skepticism: meditations in ethno-epistemology, Shaun Nichols, Stephen Stich and Jonathan M. Weinberg; Scepticism and the social construction of science and technology: the case of the boundary layer, David Bloor; Bibliography; Index.
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