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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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Epistemic Threats, Context, and our Anti‐Sceptical Strategies

Epistemic Threats, Context, and our Anti‐Sceptical Strategies

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(p.121) 9 Epistemic Threats, Context, and our Anti‐Sceptical Strategies
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Scepticism Comes Alive
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Bryan Frances (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282137.003.0009

The notion of the epistemic threat to a belief that P posed by contrary hypotheses, hypotheses entailing not-P is examined. In doing so, it is shown how contextual factors affect the live sceptic’s argument. The three strategies available for constructing anti-sceptical responses to the live scepti’s argument are described. The goal here is twofold: provide a way of classifying possible anti-sceptical solutions, and more hopefully, supply materials useful for constructing an adequate anti-sceptical solution to live scepticism. Finally, the power of the live and classic hypothesis-based sceptical arguments are compared, arguing that the live ones are significantly stronger.

Keywords:   scepticism, epistemic threat, defeater, context, knowledge attribution, contextualism, relevant alternatives, anti-sceptical strategies

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