Internalist Responses to Skepticism

Jonathan Vogel

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Internalist Responses to Skepticism

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This article examines the key responses to internalism and skepticism. There are three primary internalist responses to skepticism, namely, apriorism, dogmatism, and explanationism. This article suggests that explanationism is the best response because we are justified on explanatory grounds in believing that skeptical hypotheses are false and that our ordinary beliefs about the world are, by and large, true. It discusses the veridicality principles and concludes that explanationism is the solution to the problem of skepticism about the external world.

Keywords: internalism; skepticism; apriorism; dogmatism; explanationism; skeptical hypotheses; veridicality principles; external world

Article.  12359 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology

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