Journal of Philosophy 111 (11):631-640 (2014)

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Eric Sampson
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Abstract
In his recent article entitled ‘Can We Believe the Error Theory?’ Bart Streumer argues that it is impossible (for anyone, anywhere) to believe the error theory. This might sound like a problem for the error theory, but Streumer argues that it is not. He argues that the un-believability of the error theory offers a way for error theorists to respond to several objections commonly made against the view. In this paper, we respond to Streumer’s arguments. In particular, in sections 2-4, we offer several objections to Streumer’s argument for the claim that we cannot believe the error theory. In section 5, we argue that even if Streumer establishes that we cannot believe the error theory, this conclusion is not as helpful for error theorists as he takes it to be.
Keywords Normativity  Error Theory  Streumer  Moorean Arguments
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ISBN(s) 0022-362X
DOI 10.5840/jphil20141111140
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