Transcendental Arguments and Scepticism: Answering the Question of Justification

Paperback | July 27, 2004

byRobert Stern

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Robert Stern investigates how scepticism can be countered by using transcendental arguments concerning the necessary conditions for the possibility of experience, language, or thought. He shows that the most damaging sceptical questions concern neither the certainty of our beliefs, nor thereliability of our belief-forming methods, but rather whether we can justify our beliefs in the light of our doxastic norms. He concludes that although transcendental arguments cannot be used to resolve the first two issues, they can help to address the issue of normative justification as raised byour belief in the existence of the external world, causal necessity, and other minds. Stern then reassesses transcendental arguments of the sort proposed by Kant in the Refutation of Idealism and the Second Analogy, by Hegel in his treatment of perception in the Phenomenology, and by Strawson inIndividuals. Readable, well-informed, and original, Stern's discussion will provide a positive stimulus for further discussion of the philosophical and interpretative issues raised by this influential approach to the problem of scepticism.

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Robert Stern investigates how scepticism can be countered by using transcendental arguments concerning the necessary conditions for the possibility of experience, language, or thought. He shows that the most damaging sceptical questions concern neither the certainty of our beliefs, nor thereliability of our belief-forming methods, but ...

Robert Stern is at University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.61 inPublished:July 27, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199261574

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Scepticism and Epistemology2. Transcendental Arguments: Objections3. Transcendental Arguments: Strategies4. The Problem of the External World5. The Problem of Causality6. The Problem of Other MindsConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`Stern presents this very dense and complex material carefully, patiently and clearly ... and as he systematically winnows the strategic wheat from the chaff, he narrows the focus of the enquiry ... Chapter four contains an excellent and very thorough discussion of Kant's idealism.'T.E. Wilkerson, Mind