Against philosophical proofs against common sense

Analysis 81 (2):207–215 (2021)
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Abstract

Many philosophers think that common sense knowledge survives sophisticated philosophical proofs against it. Recently, however, Bryan Frances (forthcoming) has advanced a philosophical proof that he thinks common sense can’t survive. Exploiting philosophical paradoxes like the Sorites, Frances attempts to show how common sense leads to paradox and therefore that common sense methodology is unstable. In this paper, we show how Frances’s proof fails and then present Frances with a dilemma.

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Louis Doulas
University of California, Irvine
Evan Welchance
University of Virginia

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