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The power and value of philosophical skepticism

Author: Jeffrey P Whitman
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1996.
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How should we react to philosophical skepticism? Jeffrey P. Whitman answers this question in The Power and Value of Philosophical Skepticism by examining analytic and post-analytic responses to the problem of skepticism concerning our knowledge of the external world. Whitman analyzes skeptical arguments that call into question our ability to obtain empirical knowledge. He tests analytical theories of knowledge  Read more...
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Whitman, Jeffrey P.
Power and value of philosophical skepticism.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1996
(OCoLC)604579231
Online version:
Whitman, Jeffrey P.
Power and value of philosophical skepticism.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©1996
(OCoLC)609176495
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey P Whitman
ISBN: 0847682323 9780847682324 0847682331 9780847682331
OCLC Number: 34356248
Description: x, 110 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Problem of Empirical Knowledge --
Ch. 2. An Analysis of Empirical Knowledge --
Ch. 3. Skepticism --
Ch. 4. Doxastic Theories of Knowledge --
Ch. 5. Nondoxastic Theories of Knowledge --
Ch. 6. Moore's Argument from Common Sense --
Ch. 7. Post-Analytic Solutions to Skepticism --
Ch. 8. Post-Analytic Solutions to Skepticism, Part II --
Ch. 9. Theory, Practice, and Skepticism.
Responsibility: Jeffrey P. Whitman.

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How should we react to philosophical skepticism? Jeffrey P. Whitman answers this question in The Power and Value of Philosophical Skepticism by examining analytic and post-analytic responses to the problem of skepticism concerning our knowledge of the external world. Whitman analyzes skeptical arguments that call into question our ability to obtain empirical knowledge. He tests analytical theories of knowledge (foundationalism, coherentalism, and reliabilism) and the post-analytical responses of Donald Davidson and Richard Rorty against skeptical arguments. Whitman explores the failure of analytic and post-analytic theories and concludes that embracing a theoretical version of philosophical skepticism has advantages over post-analytic responses - both in the realm of philosophical inquiry and in everyday life.

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