Contemporary Pyrrhonism

Barry Stroud

in Philosophers Past and Present

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608591
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729621 | DOI:
Contemporary Pyrrhonism

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This chapter agrees with Robert Fogelin's account of knowledge and sympathizes with his approach to scepticism. It finds especially promising his idea that in making a knowledge-claim or in assessing the knowledge-claims of others, one takes a non-relativized stand oneself on the adequacy of the reasons for the belief; it involves an evaluative claim of one's own. It raises the question whether that feature of knowledge might alone put one in a better position, as a knowledge-claimer, to resist the undermining force of the possibilities that in philosophy seem to lead inevitably to scepticism.

Keywords: Robert Fogelin; knowledge; scepticism; knowledge-claim; belief

Chapter.  6566 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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