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The Skeptics Are Coming! The Skeptics Are Coming!

Robert J. Fogelin

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169727.003.0009
 The Skeptics Are Coming! The Skeptics Are Coming!

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This essay explains a Pyrrhonian skepticism in contrast with Cartesian skepticism, and then argues that what externalists and contextualists oppose is only Cartesian skepticism. It contends that externalists and contextualists actually back themselves into a Pyrrhonist position because externalists give up the search for reasons for belief, and contextualists (exemplified by Keith DeRose) admit that believers have no reasons for their beliefs within epistemological contexts, which is whenever skepticism is at issue.

Keywords: Pyrrhonian skepticism; Cartesian skepticism; externalism; contextualism; DeRose

Chapter.  5481 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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