Austin's Way with Skepticism

Mark Kaplan

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195183214
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Austin's Way with Skepticism

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This article examines philosopher J. L. Austin's argument against skepticism. It explains Austin's response to questions concerning the evaluation of Cartesian arguments in favour of skepticism and the correctness of the conclusion of the said arguments. It also mentions Austin's argument in his 1946 article that attention to everyday practice of making and challenging knowledge claims makes it clear that it is a practice in which there is a substantial constraint on what counts as a legitimate challenge to a person's claim to knowledge.

Keywords: J. L. Austin; skepticism; Cartesian arguments; knowledge; philosophers

Article.  12771 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Epistemology

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