Doubts About the Legacy of Scepticism

Barry Stroud

in Understanding Human Knowledge

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598500 | DOI:
 Doubts About the Legacy of Scepticism

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A reply to a paper by Thompson Clarke, in which he argues that the reason it is so difficult to identify uniquely the philosophical question of knowledge is that complexes of words, even with apparently the same meanings, can be seen to have different connotations in ordinary natural language from what they have in the philosophical pursuit into knowledge. Stroud doubts that Clarke's argument can be used to explain, or even resolve, the challenge of scepticism, and argues that even if we accept the difference in point or implication Clarke appeals to, the theoretical challenge is as real as ever.

Keywords: Thompson Clarke; connotation; knowledge; legacy of scepticism; meaning; natural language; scepticism

Chapter.  5283 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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