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Taking Scepticism Seriously

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/10.1093/0199252130.003.0004
 Taking Scepticism Seriously

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Stroud reviews Peter Unger's Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism in detail. Stroud describes Unger as attempting to demonstrate the compatibility of de facto scepticism with human agency and thought and as arguing that not only are the meanings of epistemic words compatible with a sceptical epistemology that combines them, but that our understanding of these words actually commits us to such a theory. Stroud argues against Unger that such a semantic exercise is insufficient to establish the philosophically weighty conclusion of scepticism and offers suggestions as to how Unger's argument might be improved.

Keywords: agency; epistemology; Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism; meanings of epistemic words; scepticism; thought; Peter Unger

Chapter.  5647 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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