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What do Philosophers Do?: Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy

Penelope Maddy


How do you know the world around you isn’t just an elaborate dream or the creation of an evil neuroscientist? Questions like these lie at the core of venerable philosophical arguments for radical skepticism: the stark contention that we in fact know nothing at all about the world, that we have no more reason to believe any claim than we have to disbelieve it. Like nonphilosophers in their sober moments, philosophers, too, find this skeptical conclusion preposterous, but they’re faced with those famous arguments: the Dream Argument, the Argument from Illusion, the Infinite Regress of Justificat ... More

Keywords: Austin, Reid, Moore, Wittgenstein, meta-philosophy, common sense, scientific naturalism, ordinary language philosophy, therapeutic philosophy, conceptual analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190618698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope Maddy, author
University of California, Irvine