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The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism

Barry Stroud


The thesis of scepticism is a thesis about the human condition: the view that we can know nothing, or that nothing is certain, or that everything is open to doubt. This book examines the sceptical thesis that we can know nothing about the physical world around us. The author argues that the sceptical thesis is motivated by a persistent philosophical problem that calls the very possibility of knowledge about the external world into question, and that the sceptical thesis is the only acceptable answer to this problem as traditionally posed.

Keywords: J. L. Austin, R. Carnap, Descartes, External World, Kant, Knowledge, G. E. Moore, Philosophical Scepticism, significance, W. V. Quine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780198247616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198247613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Stroud, author
University of California, Berkeley
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