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Skepticism about skepticism

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222919.003.0008
Skepticism about skepticism

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Christopher Cherry, in his analysis of Wittgenstein’s dictum that “the inner process stands in need of outer criteria,” asserts that having “necessary and sufficient conditions for ascription” is different from that criteria through the presentation of his concepts of “D-behaviour” and “D-specification”. An ordinary concept of doubting would involve action or refraining from performing a certain action. Through discussion of and differentiation between the “inner” and the “outer,” this chapter defines doubt or belief, giving focus to Descartes’s doubt as a sort of behaviourism. This chapter basically attempts to answer the question of whether belief or doubt is subject to will and choice.

Keywords: doubt; belief; inner; outer; Christopher Cherry; behaviourism; Descartes

Chapter.  7796 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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