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Austin's Way with SkepticismAn Essay on Philosophical Method$
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Mark Kaplan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824855.001.0001

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How to Do Things with Austin

How to Do Things with Austin

The Lottery and the Preface

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Austin's Way with Skepticism

Mark Kaplan

Oxford University Press

Argues that, far from presenting an insurmountable obstacle to the project of constructive epistemology, the deployment of Austin’s requirement of fidelity enables us to find new solutions to epistemological problems; argues, in particular, that, once we embrace Austin’s fidelity requirement, we can see that we must reject solutions to the paradoxes of the lottery and preface that would have us effect an indifference to whether our set of beliefs is consistent or deductively cogent; offers a solution to the paradox of the lottery; argues that Austin’s insights, into how to think about knowledge and fallibility, enable us see how properly to solve the paradox of the preface.

Keywords:   Bayesian decision analysis, belief, the Confidence Threshold Requirement, David Christensen, fallibilism, the lottery paradox, the preface paradox, probability

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