The Problem of the Criterion

Richard Fumerton

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195183214
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 The Problem of the Criterion

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This article examines the problem of the criterion in relation the issue of skepticism. It explains that the problem of the criterion in epistemology raises certain fundamental questions concerning the methods a philosopher ought to use in arriving at both analyses of epistemic concepts and conclusions concerning legitimate principles of reasoning and justification. It explores the connections between metaepistemological views and the approach one would most naturally take to the problem of the criterion and suggests that the implication of the positions one takes on skepticism is a complicated issue.

Keywords: criterion; skepticism; epistemology; reasoning; justification; metaepistemological views

Article.  9044 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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