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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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The First Live Sceptical Hypothesis

The First Live Sceptical Hypothesis

(p.30) 4 The First Live Sceptical Hypothesis
Scepticism Comes Alive

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The argument template used to generate new sceptical arguments was presented in chapter 3. In this chapter, the template is used to generate the first live sceptical argument by plugging ‘No one believes anything’, or belief eliminativism, into the template. It is argued that in some close possible worlds, eliminativism is a live hypothesis (even though false!), and many (not all) philosophers and cognitive scientists are mere mortals with respect to it. The obvious objections are addressed, and this live sceptical argument is compared with arguments concerning evidence one does not possess.

Keywords:   scepticism, rule out, experts, error, hypothesis, knowledge, defeaters, belief eliminativism, evidence

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