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Epistemological Disjunctivism$
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Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557912.001.0001

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Radical Scepticism and Quietism

Radical Scepticism and Quietism

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(p.136) §7. Radical Scepticism and Quietism
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Epistemological Disjunctivism
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Duncan Pritchard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557912.003.0024

Although there are some important similarities, this particular undercutting way of responding to the radical sceptical problem is ultimately significantly different from a quietistic response to this problem that is often associated with epistemological disjunctivism. This chapter explores what these differences are. John McDowell is the obvious case in point in this respect, since while he advances a form of epistemological disjunctivism that is very similar to that defended here, and while he also thinks that this proposal in a sense resolves the problem of radical scepticism, he is quite clear that he does not think of the view as offering a direct response to this problem in the way that we have set out.

Keywords:   radical sceptical problem, quietism, epistemological disjunctivism, John McDowell

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