How to Reid Moore

Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):544-563 (2002)
Moore's 'Proof of an External World' has evoked a variety of responses from philosophers, including bafflement, indignation and sympathetic reconstruction. I argue that Moore should be understood as following Thomas Reid on a variety of points, both epistemological and methodological. Moreover, Moore and Reid are exactly right on all of these points. Hence what I present is a defence of Moore's 'Proof', as well as an interpretation. Finally, I argue that the Reid-Moore position is useful for resolving an issue that has recently received attention in epistemology, namely, how is it that one knows that one is not a brain in a vat?
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Stewart Cohen (1988). How to Be a Fallibilist. Philosophical Perspectives 2:91-123.
George Edward Moore (1939). Proof of an External World. Proceedings of the British Academy 25 (5):273--300.

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John Greco (2007). External World Skepticism. Philosophy Compass 2 (4):625–649.
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