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Classy Pyrrhonism

Walter Sinnott‐Armstrong

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169727.003.0011
 Classy Pyrrhonism

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This essay invokes a technical framework of contrast classes within which Pyrrhonians can accept (or deny) knowledge claims that are relativized to specific contrast classes, but avoid all unrelativized knowledge claims and all presuppositions about which contrast classes are really relevant. Pyrrhonians can then assert part of the content of everyday knowledge claims without privileging the everyday perspective or any other perspective. This framework provides a precise way to understand the central claims of neo-Pyrrhonism while avoiding most, if not all, of the problems and objections raised by its critics.

Keywords: Fogelin; neo-Pyrrhonism; skepticism; contrast classes; relevance; presupposition; knowledge; everyday knowledge claims; relativized knowledge claims

Chapter.  8651 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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