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Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge

Barry Stroud

in Understanding Human Knowledge

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252130.003.0001
 Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge

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The first essay of Stroud's collection may serve as an introduction to the guiding theme taken up in the other essays. Stroud examines the reasons why some epistemologists find unintelligible or ill‐formed not only the challenge of scepticism itself but also theories of knowledge that give positive answers to the question out of which scepticism arises. He attempts to show that responses to scepticism along these lines are either superficial or off target, and makes a case for the belief that recognition of this fact is a genuine advance towards epistemological and philosophical understanding.

Keywords: challenge; epistemology; knowledge; scepticism; understanding

Chapter.  3459 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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