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James R. Beebe
State University of New York, Buffalo
Abstract
Abductivists claim that explanatory considerations (e.g., simplicity, parsimony, explanatory breadth, etc.) favor belief in the external world over skeptical hypotheses involving evil demons and brains in vats. After showing how most versions of abductivism succumb fairly easily to obvious and fatal objections, I explain how rationalist versions of abductivism can avoid these difficulties. I then discuss the most pressing challenges facing abductivist appeals to the a priori and offer suggestions on how to overcome them
Keywords skepticism  responses to skepticism  abductivism  explanationism  skepticism about the external world
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ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2009.00295.x
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