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Scepticism

Bimal Krishna Matilal

in Perception

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239765
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239765.003.0003

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Scepticism

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Uncompromising empiricism leads to scepticism. One can stop short of the sceptical route by making some sort of a compromise. But compromises need not always be degrading or scandalous. The question arises, on the other hand, whether scepticism itself is a coherent position. Would not the sceptic himself run into some dilemma of his own? It may be claimed that even the ‘uncompromising’ sceptic eventually makes a compromise of a sort. This chapter pursues the question here, after presenting the arguments of the Indian sceptics, those who reject altogether the pramana doctrine along with its emphasis upon the empirical foundation of knowledge, while tentatively accepting the empiricist stance of their opponents. The last part of this chapter considers whether radical scepticism really is feasible.

Keywords: paradox; radical scepticism; Nyāya; empiricsm; pramāna

Chapter.  10029 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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