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Barry Stroud

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199252130.001.0001

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Taking Scepticism Seriously

Taking Scepticism Seriously

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(p.38) 4 Taking Scepticism Seriously
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Understanding Human Knowledge
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Barry Stroud (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199252130.003.0004

Stroud reviews Peter Unger's Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism in detail. Stroud describes Unger as attempting to demonstrate the compatibility of de facto scepticism with human agency and thought and as arguing that not only are the meanings of epistemic words compatible with a sceptical epistemology that combines them, but that our understanding of these words actually commits us to such a theory. Stroud argues against Unger that such a semantic exercise is insufficient to establish the philosophically weighty conclusion of scepticism and offers suggestions as to how Unger's argument might be improved.

Keywords:   agency, epistemology, Ignorance: A Case for Scepticism, meanings of epistemic words, scepticism, thought, Peter Unger

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