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The Illusion of Doubt$
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Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783947.001.0001

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Realism without Empiricism

Realism without Empiricism

(p.130) 5 Realism without Empiricism
The Illusion of Doubt

Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends a ‘realism without empiricism’. This is the view that once the global sceptical scenario has been exposed as an illusion, nothing stands in the way of conceiving of perceptual warrant (in good cases) as conclusive, and thus as providing us with knowledge of an objective, mind-independent world. I consider how the more modest ‘realism without empiricism’ differs from ‘hyper-realism’, and why Wittgenstein would endorse the former, while eschewing the latter. I then go on to consider the question whether the position that I defend issues a standing invitation to relativism. I show that the reverse is the case: ‘realism without empiricism’ undermines relativism and does not support it.

Keywords:   realism without empiricism, hyper-realism, epistemic relativism, epistemic absolutism, faultless disagreement, Boghossian, Wittgenstein

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