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On Evidence in Philosophy

William G. Lycan


This book offers an epistemology of philosophy itself, a partial method for philosophical inquiry. The epistemology features three ultimate sources of justified philosophical belief. First, common sense, in a carefully restricted sense of the term—the sorts of contingent propositions Moore defended against idealists and skeptics. Second, the deliverances of well confirmed science. Third, and more fundamentally, intuitions about cases, in a carefully specified sense of that term. Chapters 1–4 expound a version of Moore’s method and apply it to each of several issues. The version is shown to res ... More

Keywords: epistemology of philosophy, Moore, common sense, skepticism, philosophical method, philosophical knowledge, intuitions, reflective equilibrium, explanatory coherence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William G. Lycan, author
William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus/Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina/University of Connecticut