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Reasonable Claims: Cavell and the Tradition

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/10.1093/0199252130.003.0005
 Reasonable Claims: Cavell and the Tradition

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Discusses Stanley Cavell's imminent response to scepticism as it appears in his The Claim of Reason, and makes explicit the relation between Cavell's discussion of scepticism and a number of general themes he touches upon in his book. Stroud affirms Cavell's starting point, namely the Kantian insight that once the question about our knowledge is allowed to stand as legitimate and intelligible, we are easily but inevitably forced to a sceptical answer, but reveals a slight disappointment with Cavell's rather schematic conclusion. Stroud suggests improvements by exploring the conditions under which an answer to the question in the way in which Cavell sets it up would count as successful.

Keywords: Kant; Stanley Cavell; scepticism; The Claim of Reason

Chapter.  8530 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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