Possible worlds of doubt

Acta Analytica 25 (2):259-277 (2010)

Ronald Wilburn
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A prominent contemporary anti-skeptical strategy, most famously articulated by Keith DeRose, aims to cage the skeptic′s doubts by contextualizing subjunctive conditional accounts of knowledge through a conversational rule of sensitivity. This strategy, I argue, courts charges of circularity by selectively invoking heavy counterfactual machinery. The reason: such invocation threatens to utilize a metric for modal comparison that is implicitly informed by judgments of epistemic sameness. This gives us reason to fear that said modal metric is selectively cherry-picked in advance to support the very anti-skeptical conclusion for which the contextualist longs.
Keywords Skepticism  Epistemic contextualism  DeRose  Modal similarity  David Lewis
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-009-0058-0
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