The structure of sceptical arguments

Duncan Pritchard*

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Abstract

It is nowadays taken for granted that the core radical sceptical arguments all pivot upon the principle that the epistemic operator in question is 'closed' under known entailments. Accordingly, the standard anti-sceptical project now involves either denying closure or retaining closure by amending how one understands other elements of the sceptical argument. However, there are epistemic principles available to the sceptic which are logically weaker than closure but achieve the same result. Accordingly the contemporary debate fails to engage with the sceptical problem in its strongest form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalThe Philosophical Quarterly
Volume55
Issue number218
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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