The Structure of Sceptical Arguments

Philosophical Quarterly 55 (218):37 - 52 (2005)

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Duncan Pritchard
University of California, Irvine
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It is nowadays taken for granted that the core radical sceptical arguments all pivot upon the principle that the epistemic operator in question is 'closed' under known entailments. Accordingly, the standard anti-sceptical project now involves either denying closure or retaining closure by amending how one understands other elements of the sceptical argument. However, there are epistemic principles available to the sceptic which are logically weaker than closure but achieve the same result. Accordingly the contemporary debate fails to engage with the sceptical problem in its strongest form
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DOI 10.1111/j.0031-8094.2005.00383.x
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