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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719694.001.0001

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Objections and Replies, with a Methodological Afterthought

Objections and Replies, with a Methodological Afterthought

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(p.107) 5 Objections and Replies, with a Methodological Afterthought
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Judgment and Agency
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Ernest Sosa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719694.003.0005

This chapter contains ten objections and a reply to each, followed by methodological reflections prompted by the preceding dialectic. It is a wide-ranging discussion that takes up an extensive dialectical gamut. Included in that gamut is the lottery problematic. It is argued that the problem of lotteries largely yields to a sort of pressure that helps dispose of the problem of radical skepticism. Both problems derive much of their force from a requirement of sensitivity: that in order to know that p it must be that one would not believe that p if it were false that p. This sensitiviy requirement is here rejected both against the radical skeptic and against the lottery skeptic. The chapter also takes up counterexamples to the claim that by aptly attains aptness one enhances the performance that is already apt on the first order. Finally, various other objections are also rebutted.

Keywords:   lottery problematic, methodology, anti-luck epistemology, epistemic safety

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