Douglas C. Long
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Half of Dilman's book deal with skepticism about the physical world and the other half with skepticism about other minds. His main thesis in each case is that the very general doubts that have traditionally troubled philosophers must not be answered on their own terms but by showing that they are confused. Exposing this confusion helps us to understand better the "logic" of our ordinary talk about things and persons. He draws illuminating parallels between problems about knowledge of the external world and about knowledge of other minds. His principal contribution lies in organizing arguments urged by Wittgenstein, Wisdom, and Malcolm.
Keywords Skepticism, external world, other minds  Wittgenstein, Wisdom, Malcolm
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DOI 10.5840/intstudphil1977914
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