Radical Scepticism, Stereotypes and the Practical Stance

Brill Studies in Skepticism (forthcoming)
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That we have practical reasons to believe certain propositions even if sceptical arguments are cogent is nothing new. As Hume puts it, if sceptical principles were steadily accepted, “men would remain in a total lethargy until their miserable lives came to an end through lack of food, drink and shelter.” (Enquiry, 12, 2). This heart-breaking projection fails to move contemporary epistemologists who, for the most part, brush off pragmatist stances on scepticism. In this paper, I argue that the pragmatist stance on scepticism is not necessarily as easily brushed off as some philosophers think.

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