“A Small Tincture of Pyrrhonism”

Don Garrett

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI:
 “A Small Tincture of Pyrrhonism”

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This essay distinguishes varieties of skepticism along six dimensions. It argues that Hume is unmitigated in his rational support skepticism and in his prescriptive skepticism about certain “high and distant enquiries”, but mitigated in his general practising skepticism and in his general epistemic merit skepticism. Hume’s skepticism must be seen as mitigated in these ways in order to solve four central puzzles for Hume scholars.

Keywords: Hume; skepticism; mitigated; prescriptive; rational support; epistemic merit

Chapter.  13239 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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