Peirce and Skepticism

Christopher Hookway

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Peirce and Skepticism

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This article examines philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce's thoughts about skepticism. It discusses the concept of fallibilism and evaluates how to better understand Hilary Putnam's claim that the combination of fallibilism with antiskepticism was one of the defining marks of American pragmatism. It explores some of Peirce's views about doubt and highlights his rejection of a foundationalist account of justification, together with the rejection of some metaphysical pictures that would lead us to think that such an account of justification was required.

Keywords: Charles Sanders Peirce; skepticism; fallibilism; Hilary Putnam; antiskepticism; American pragmatism; justification

Article.  10331 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Epistemology

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