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The First Live Sceptical Hypothesis

Bryan Frances

in Scepticism Comes Alive

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282135
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199282137.003.0004
The First Live Sceptical Hypothesis

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The argument template used to generate new sceptical arguments was presented in chapter 3. In this chapter, the template is used to generate the first live sceptical argument by plugging ‘No one believes anything’, or belief eliminativism, into the template. It is argued that in some close possible worlds, eliminativism is a live hypothesis (even though false!), and many (not all) philosophers and cognitive scientists are mere mortals with respect to it. The obvious objections are addressed, and this live sceptical argument is compared with arguments concerning evidence one does not possess.

Keywords: scepticism; rule out; experts; error; hypothesis; knowledge; defeaters; belief eliminativism; evidence

Chapter.  14118 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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