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Introduction: Scepticism and Rationally Justified Belief

Alan Bailey

in Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238522
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238522.003.0001
Introduction: Scepticism and Rationally Justified Belief

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This chapter discusses some of the deficiencies of modern accounts of scepticism, and identifies two crucial arguments — the self-refutation argument and the argument that a radical global scepticism is unlivable — that are commonly used to constrain the sceptical challenge in ways that leave it vulnerable to charges of arbitrariness and internal inconsistency.

Keywords: scepticism; self-refutation; rational justification; Pyrrhonism

Chapter.  8156 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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