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Scepticism Comes Alive$
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Bryan Frances

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199282137.001.0001

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Do Live Sceptical Hypotheses Pose Real Threats?

Do Live Sceptical Hypotheses Pose Real Threats?

(p.153) 11 Do Live Sceptical Hypotheses Pose Real Threats?
Scepticism Comes Alive

Bryan Frances (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The so-called “No Threat” solutions claim that the epistemic factors that the live sceptic claims defeat our claims to knowledge are too feeble to mount a threat. On the face of it, the epistemic factors the live sceptic says defeat our chances at knowledge make it look like the sceptical hypotheses are about to ruin our chances at knowledge, but this is an illusion. This chapter presents and evaluates eight such strategies, four of which examine the relation of philosophy to common sense.

Keywords:   scepticism, knowledge, common sense, philosophy, defeaters, experts, scientific hypothesis, warrant, indeterminacy, philosophical belief

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