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Seemings and JustificationNew Essays on Dogmatism and Phenomenal Conservatism$
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Chris Tucker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899494.001.0001

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Phenomenal Conservatism Über Alles

Phenomenal Conservatism Über Alles

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Seemings and Justification

Michael Huemer

Oxford University Press

I address several authors’ criticisms of Phenomenal Conservatism, the principle that appearances in the absence of defeaters provide epistemic justification. I discuss the nature of appearance as a sui generis prepositional attitude, I address the Subject’s Perspective Objection, I explain the role of appearances in inferential justification, and I address putative counter-examples adduced by Peter Markie and Susanna Siegel. I conclude with the suggestion that PC offers perhaps the only simple and natural way to account for a wide range of justified beliefs while avoiding epistemological scepticism.

Keywords:   phenomenal conservatism, seeming, appearance, scepticism, internalism

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