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Scepticism and Perceptual Justification$
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Dylan Dodd and Elia Zardini

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658343.001.0001

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McDowell and Wright on Anti-Scepticism, etc.*

McDowell and Wright on Anti-Scepticism, etc.*

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Scepticism and Perceptual Justification

Alex Byrne

Oxford University Press

This chapter approaches some fundamental questions in perceptual epistemology through a dispute between McDowell and Wright about external-world scepticism. The dispute turns on what McDowell means by claiming that we have ‘direct perceptual access to environmental facts’. On the recommended interpretation, if we do have ‘direct perceptual access’ then the relevant sceptical argument fails. It fails anyway for other reasons; moreover, these reasons provide materials for defending McDowell’s claim of ‘direct perceptual access’.

Keywords:   disjunctivism, McDowell, perception, scepticism, Wright

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