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Essays on Skepticism$
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Anthony Brueckner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585861.001.0001

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Transcendental Arguments I

Transcendental Arguments I

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(p.9) 1 Transcendental Arguments I
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Essays on Skepticism
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Anthony Brueckner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585861.003.0002

This chapter begins by considering the aforementioned Stroudian critique of transcendental arguments. Some doubts are raised about whether Stroud has succeeded in giving a fully general argument against the possibility of transcendental arguments. Then Peter Strawson's reconstruction of what he takes to be Kant's anti-sceptical reasoning in the Transcendental Deduction is considered, via the lense of Richard Rorty's reconstruction of Strawson's reconstruction of Kant. What emerges is a ‘conceptual presupposition’ strategy for addressing the sceptic. It is argued that this strategy falls prey to the Stroudian critique.

Keywords:   Kant, Stroud, Peter Strawson, Richard Rorty, verificationism, phenomenalism

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