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The Illusion of Doubt

Genia Schönbaumsfeld


This book shows that radical scepticism is an illusion generated by a Cartesian picture of our evidential situation—the view that my epistemic grounds in both the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ cases must be the same—and consists in information about an inner mental realm of experience from which I must try to work my way out to what goes on ‘out there’ in the external world. It is this picture which both issues a standing invitation to radical scepticism and ensures that there is no way of getting out of it while agreeing to the sceptic’s terms. What we therefore need to do is not try to answer the sce ... More

Keywords: radical scepticism, Cartesian picture, closure principle, New Evil Genius Thesis, Indistinguishability Argument, private language, realism without empiricism, epistemic relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Genia Schönbaumsfeld, author
University of Southampton