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Do Live Sceptical Hypotheses Pose Real Threats?

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/10.1093/0199282137.003.0011
Do Live Sceptical Hypotheses Pose Real Threats?

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The so-called “No Threat” solutions claim that the epistemic factors that the live sceptic claims defeat our claims to knowledge are too feeble to mount a threat. On the face of it, the epistemic factors the live sceptic says defeat our chances at knowledge make it look like the sceptical hypotheses are about to ruin our chances at knowledge, but this is an illusion. This chapter presents and evaluates eight such strategies, four of which examine the relation of philosophy to common sense.

Keywords: scepticism; knowledge; common sense; philosophy; defeaters; experts; scientific hypothesis; warrant; indeterminacy; philosophical belief

Chapter.  13351 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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