Effective sceptical hypotheses

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Abstract

The familiar Cartesian sceptical arguments all involve an explanation of our experiences. An account of the persuasive power of the sceptical arguments should explain why this is so. This supports a diagnosis of the error in Cartesian sceptical arguments according to which they mislead us into regarding our perceptual beliefs as if they were justified as inferences to the best explanation. I argue that they have instead a perceptual justification that does not involve inference to the best explanation and that should not be put in doubt by the sceptical hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-278
Number of pages17
JournalTheoria (Sweden)
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

  • knowledge
  • perceptual justification
  • scepticism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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