Scepticism, ‘Externalism’, and the Goal of Epistemology

Barry Stroud

in Understanding Human Knowledge

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598500 | DOI:
 Scepticism, ‘Externalism’, and the Goal of Epistemology

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Stresses again the unavoidability of scepticism in a pursuit to defend a philosophical theory of knowledge and casts doubt on attempts to find solutions to the epistemological question other than scepticism itself. Ernest Sosa has given an externalist response to this stance, which Stroud attempts to refute, arguing that epistemological externalism does not succeed in explaining why we have knowledge and hence does not address the epistemological challenge in the first place.

Keywords: epistemological externalism; epistemology; Ernest Sosa; externalism; knowledge; scepticism; unavoidability of scepticism

Chapter.  6792 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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