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The Illusion of Doubt$
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Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783947.001.0001

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The ‘Default View’ of Perceptual Reasons and ‘Closure-Based’ Sceptical Arguments

The ‘Default View’ of Perceptual Reasons and ‘Closure-Based’ Sceptical Arguments

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(p.7) 1 The ‘Default View’ of Perceptual Reasons and ‘Closure-Based’ Sceptical Arguments
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The Illusion of Doubt
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Genia Schönbaumsfeld

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783947.003.0002

It is a commonly accepted assumption in contemporary epistemology that we need to find a solution to ‘closure-based’ sceptical arguments, and hence to the ‘scepticism or closure’ dilemma. In this chapter I argue that this is mistaken, since the closure principle does not, in fact, do real sceptical work. Rather, the decisive, scepticism-friendly moves are made before the closure principle is even brought into play. If we cannot avoid the sceptical conclusion, this is not due to closure’s holding it in place, but because we’ve already been persuaded to accept a certain conception of perceptual reasons, which both issues a standing invitation to radical scepticism and is endemic in the contemporary literature. Once the real villain of the piece is exposed, it will become clear that the closure principle has been cast in the role of scapegoat in this debate.

Keywords:   closure principle, radical scepticism, perceptual reasons, Indistinguishability Argument, Reasons Identity Thesis

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