Scepticism and Perceptual Justification

Hardcover | May 14, 2014

EditorDylan Dodd, Elia Zardini

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One of the hardest problems in the history of Western philosophy has been to explain whether and how experience can provide knowledge (or even justification for belief) about the objective world outside the experiencer's mind. A prominent brand of scepticism has precisely denied thatexperience can provide such knowledge. How, for instance (these sceptics ask) can I know that my experiences are not produced in me by a powerful demon (or, in a modern twist on that traditional Cartesian scenario, by a supercomputer)? This volume, originating from the research project on BasicKnowledge recently concluded at the Northern Institute of Philosophy, presents new essays on scepticism about the senses written by some of the most prominent contemporary epistemologists. They approach the sceptical challenge by discussing such topics as the conditions for perceptual justification,the existence of a non-evidential kind of warrant and the extent of one's evidence, the epistemology of inference, the relations between justification, probability and certainty, the relevance of subjective appearances to the epistemology of perception, the role that broadly pragmatic considerationsplay in epistemic justification, the contents of perception, and the function of attention. In all these cases, the papers show how philosophical progress on foundational issues can improve our understanding of and possibly afford a solution to a historically prominent problem likescepticism.

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One of the hardest problems in the history of Western philosophy has been to explain whether and how experience can provide knowledge (or even justification for belief) about the objective world outside the experiencer's mind. A prominent brand of scepticism has precisely denied thatexperience can provide such knowledge. How, for insta...

Dylan Dodd has held postdoctoral fellowships at Syracuse University and the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Elia Zardini has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen and at the National Autono...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Dylan Dodd and Elia Zardini: Scepticism and Perceptual Justification: IntroductionPrelude: Past Scepticism in the Light of Present Epistemology2. Ernest Sosa: Descartes's EpistemologyI. The Immediacy of the Senses3. Elia Zardini: Confirming the Less Likely, Discovering the Unknown4. Brian Weatherson: Probability and Scepticism5. Jonathan Vogel: E and nH6. Jose L. Zalabardo: Inference and Scepticism7. Alan Millar: Perceptual Knowledge and Background Beliefs8. Susanna Siegel and Nico Silins: Consciousness, Attention, and JustificationII. The Dependency of the Senses9. Aidan McGlynn: On Epistemic Alchemy10. Duncan Pritchard: Entitlement and the Groundlessness of Our Believing11. Crispin Wright: On Epistemic Entitlement (II): Welfare State Epistemology12. Annalisa Coliva: Moderatism, Transmission Failures, Closure and Humean SkepticismIII. The Evidence of the Senses13. Alex Byrne: McDowell and Wright on Anti-Scepticism etc.14. Roger White: What Is My Evidence that Here Is a Hand?15. Martin Smith: The Arbitrariness of Belief16. Dylan Dodd: How to Motivate ScepticismIndex