Structuralism as a Response to Skepticism

Journal of Philosophy 115 (12):625-660 (2018)

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David Chalmers
New York University
Abstract
Cartesian arguments for global skepticism about the external world start from the premise that we cannot know that we are not in a Cartesian scenario such as an evil-demon scenario, and infer that because most of our empirical beliefs are false in such a scenario, these beliefs do not constitute knowledge. Veridicalist responses to global skepticism respond that arguments fail because in Cartesian scenarios, many or most of our empirical beliefs are true. Some veridicalist responses have been motivated using verificationism, externalism, and coherentism. I argue that a more powerful veridicalist response to global skepticism can be motivated by structuralism, on which physical entities are understood as those that play a certain structural role. I develop the structuralist response and address objections.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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Reprint years 2018
ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.5840/jphil20181151238
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