Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 35 (1):71-95 (2021)
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to vindicate the Cartesian quest for certainty by arguing that to aim at certainty is a constitutive feature of cognition. My argument hinges on three observations concerning the nature of doubt and judgment: first, it is always possible to have a doubt as to whether p in so far as one takes the truth of p to be uncertain; second, in so far as one takes the truth of p to be certain, one is no longer able to genuinely wonder whether p is true; third, to ask the question whether p is to desire to receive a true answer. On this ground I clarify in what sense certainty is the aim of cognition. I then argue that in judging that p we commit ourselves to p’s being certain and that certainty is the constitutive norm of judgment. The paper as a whole provides a picture of the interplay between doubt and judgment that aims at vindicating the traditional insight that our ability to doubt testifies our aspiration to know with absolute certainty.
Similar books and articles
In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic.Peter L. Berger - 2009 - Harperone/Harpercollins Publishers.
Later Wittgenstein on Doubt and Certainty.Mohammadsadegh Zahedi & Khadijeh Asli Bage - 2014 - Journal of Philosophical Investigations at University of Tabriz 8 (14):93-112.
Al-Ghazali and Descartes from Doubt to Certainty.Mohammad Alwahaib - 2017 - Discusiones Filosóficas 18 (31):15-40.
A visita de Wittgenstein à epistemologia.Maíra de Cinque Pereira da Costa - 2015 - In Arley Moreno (ed.), Coleção CLE. Campinas, SP: Coleção CLE.
The Origins of Certainty: Means and Meanings in Pascal's "Pensees.".Hugh McCullough Davidson - 1979 - University of Chicago Press.
Doubtful Certainties: Language-Games, Forms of Life, Relativism.Jesús Padilla Gálvez & Margit Gaffal (eds.) - 2012 - Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.
Restoring Certainty.Danièle Moyal-Sharrock - forthcoming - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism:1-16.
Persuasion and Evidence in The Proofs of Faith.Ekrem Sefa Gül - 2018 - Tasavvur - Tekirdag Theology Journal 4 (2):726 - 758.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
No citations found.
References found in this work
The Structure of Empirical Knowledge.Laurence BonJour - 1985 - Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press.
Beyond "Justification": Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation.William P. Alston - 2005 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.