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Epistemological Reflection on Knowledge of the External World

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/10.1093/0199252130.003.0009
 Epistemological Reflection on Knowledge of the External World

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Stroud emphasizes, against Michael Williams, the ‘naturalness’ of epistemological theorizing and the apparent irresistibility of scepticism. Stroud argues that even if philosophical assumptions or theories, rather than natural reflection on the basis of our knowledge, are the foundations of scepticism, understanding what seems to support them is likely to prove philosophically rewarding, and hence disagrees with Williams, who regards this fact as a main premise in an argument for the insignificance of philosophical scepticism for theorizing about knowledge.

Keywords: external world; insignificance of philosophical scepticism; knowledge; naturalness; scepticism; Michael Williams

Chapter.  7085 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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