Essays on Skepticism

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byAnthony Brueckner

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The problem of skepticism about knowledge of the external world has been the centrepiece of epistemology since Descartes. In the last 25 years, there has been a keen focus of interest on the problem, with a number of new insights by the best contemporary epistemologists and philosophers ofmind. Anthony Brueckner is recognized as one of the leading contemporary investigators of the problem of skepticism. Essays on Skepticism collects Brueckner's most important work in this area, providing a connected and comprehensive guide to the complex state of play on this intensively studied area of philosophy. The guiding questions of this volume are: Can we have knowledge of the external world of thingsoutside our minds? Can we have knowledge of the internal world of our own contentful mental states? The work divides into four sections: I. Transcendental Arguments against Skepticism; II. Semantic Answers to Skepticism; III. Self-knowledge; IV. Skepticism and Epistemic Closure.

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The problem of skepticism about knowledge of the external world has been the centrepiece of epistemology since Descartes. In the last 25 years, there has been a keen focus of interest on the problem, with a number of new insights by the best contemporary epistemologists and philosophers ofmind. Anthony Brueckner is recognized as one of...

Anthony Brueckner is Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written extensively in epistemology over the past 25 years. He has also written in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, Kant, personal identity, free will, and the metaphysics of death.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:410 pagesPublished:May 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI. Transcendental Arguments against Skepticism1. Transcendental Arguments I2. Transcendental Arguments II3. The Anti-Skeptical Strategy of the Refutation of Idealism4. Modest Transcendental Arguments5. Transcendental Arguments from Content Externalism6. Stroud's 'Transcendental Arguments' ReconsideredII. Semantic Answers to Skepticism7. Brains in a Vat8. Semantic Answers to Skepticism9. Trees, Computer Program Features, and Skeptical Hypotheses10. Cartesian Skepticism, Content Externalism, and Self-Knowledge11. Terms of Envatment12. Charity and Skepticism13. The Omniscient Interpreter Rides Again14. Singular Thought and Cartesian PhilosophyIII. Self-Knowledge15. Scepticism about Knowledge of Content16. Knowledge of Content and Knowledge of the World17. Externalism and Memory18. What an Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori19. The Characteristic Thesis of Anti-Individualism20. Brewer on the McKinsey Problem21. Wright on the McKinsey Problem22. Externalism and Privileged Access Are Consistent23. The Resiliency of the McKinsey ProblemIV. Skepticism and Epistemic Closure24. Epistemic Universalizability Principles25. Why Nozick is a Sceptic26. Skepticism and Epistemic Closure27. Unfair to Nozick28. Problems with the Wright Route to Scepticism29. The Structure of the Skeptical Argument30. Klein on Closure and Skepticism31. The Elusive Virtues of Contextualism32. Strategies for Refuting Closure for Knowledge33. Knowledge, Evidence, and Skepticism According to Williamso34. Fallibilism, Underdetermination, and Skepticism35. Some Comfort for the Closure Skeptic36. ~K~SKAcknowledgementsBibliographyIndex