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Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

In the history of philosophical thought, few themes loom as large as skepticism. Skepticism has been the most visible and important part of debates about knowledge. Skepticism at its most basic questions our cognitive achievements, challenges our ability to obtain reliable knowledge; casting doubt on our attempts to seek and understand the truth about everything from ethics, to other minds, religious belief, and even the underlying structure of matter and reality. Since Descartes, the defense of knowledge against skepticism has been one of the primary tasks not just of epistemology but philosophy itself. The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism features twenty-six newly commissioned chapters by top figures in the field. Part One contains articles explaining important kinds of skeptical reasoning. Part Two focuses on responses to skeptical arguments. Part Three concentrates on important contemporary issues revolving around skepticism. As the first volume of its kind, the articles make significant contributions to the debate on skepticism. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

    • Introduction » John Greco » 3
  • Pt. I Varieties of Skepticism and Skeptical Arguments
    • 1 The Pyrrhonian Problematic » Markus Lammenranta » 9
    • 2 The Problem of the Criterion » Richard Fumerton » 34
    • 3 Cartesian Skepticism: Arguments and Antecedents » Jose Luis Bermudez » 53
    • 4 Hume’s Skepticism » Michael Williams » 80
    • 5 Skepticism about the External World » John Greco » 108
    • 6 Skepticism about Induction » Ruth Weintraub » 129
    • 7 Skepticism about A Priori Justification: Self-Evidence, Defeasibility, and Cogito Propositions » Robert Audi » 149
    • 8 Moral Realism, QuasiRealism, and Skepticism » Terence Cuneo » 176
    • 9 Religious Skepticism » Paul K. Moser » 200
    • 10 Live Skeptical Hypotheses » Bryan Frances » 225
  • Pt. II Responses To Skepticism
    • 11 Berkeley’s Treatment of Skepticism » George Pappas » 247
    • 12 Kant’s Response to Skepticism » Robert Stern » 265
    • 13 Reid’s Response to the Skeptic » James Van Cleve » 286
    • 14 Peirce and Skepticism » Christopher Hookway » 310
    • 15 Moore and Skepticism » Noah Lemos » 330
    • 16 Austin’s Way with Skepticism » Mark Kaplan » 348
    • 17 Wittgenstein on Certainty » Marie McGinn » 372
    • 18 The Relativist Response to Radical Skepticism » Peter J. Graham » 392
  • Pt. III Contemporary Issues
    • 19 Ascriber Contextualism » Stewart Cohen » 415
    • 20 Sensitivity, Safety, and Antiluck Epistemology » Duncan Pritchard » 437
    • 21 Closure and Alternative Possibilities » Jonathan Kvanvig » 456
    • 22 Contemporary Responses to Agrippa’s Trilemma » Peter Klein » 484
    • 23 Externalist Responses to Skepticism » Michael Bergmann » 504
    • 24 Internalist Responses to Skepticism » Jonathan Vogel » 533
    • 25 Virtue-Theoretic Responses to Skepticism » Guy Axtell » 557
    • 26 Disjunctivism and Skepticism » Alan Millar » 581
    • Index » 605