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The Problem of Scepticism

José L. Zalabardo

in Scepticism and Reliable Belief

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656073
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656073.003.0001
The Problem of Scepticism

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This chapter introduces the problem of scepticism, discussing the connection between scepticism and knowledge, the bearing of reliabilist epistemologies on the sceptical problem, and the view that sceptical arguments should be seen as putting pressure on realism. It then provides a preliminary overview of the resources that reliabilism can deploy against the three main lines of sceptical reasoning: the regress argument, arguments based on sceptical hypotheses, and the problem of the criterion. It contends that all these arguments rest on the assumption that knowledge requires adequate evidence, but this assumption would be false if reliabilism were correct.

Keywords: knowledge; scepticism; reliabilism; evidence; criterion; regress; sceptical hypotheses

Chapter.  8726 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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