In Contrast with What?

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

in Moral Skepticisms

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195187724
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786121 | DOI:
 In Contrast with What?

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This chapter develops a contrastivist account of justified belief in general, not only within morality. It argues that contrary to contextualism, no contrast class is ever really the relevant one, even in a given context. The result is a general theory of epistemology called “classy Pyrrhonian skepticism,” that is compatible with the moderate skeptical claim that some beliefs are justified out of a modest contrast class, but none is justified out of an unlimited or extreme contrast class.

Keywords: justified belief; contrast class; Pyrrhonism; Pyrrhonian skepticism; Academic skepticism; moderate skepticism; contextualism; relevance

Chapter.  15765 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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