Scepticism and Perceptual Justification
The introduction sketches the historical roots and intellectual challenge of scepticism, and introduces some of its several connections with fundamental philosophical issues that have provoked much of its contemporary revival. It explains how the volume focuses on such connections, in particular on those concerning knowledge and justification yielded by perception, and how one of the prominent methodologies adopted in the volume pursues such questions by combining the methods of traditional and formal epistemology. It also states the volume’s aim to promote the debate on scepticism about the senses, and indicates the wider interest of the volume’s topics for epistemologists, philosophers of perception and philosophers of science. The discussion mentions the volume’s origins in the Basic Knowledge Project, and proceeds to present the structure of the volume, which consists in a historical prelude followed by three main parts devoted to the immediacy of, dependency of and evidence for perceptual justification respectively (and mostly centring around the approaches of dogmatism, conservatism, and asymmetrism respectively). The Introduction offers a survey of each chapter, paying special attention to the many common themes emerging across different chapters. It concludes by acknowledging the crucial help received from many people and institutions in preparing the volume.
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