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Epistemic AngstRadical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing$
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Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167237

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167237.001.0001

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Radical Skepticism and Closure

Radical Skepticism and Closure

(p.11) Chapter 1 Radical Skepticism and Closure
Epistemic Angst

Duncan Pritchard

Princeton University Press

This chapter articulates a version of radical skepticism which essentially trades on a closure-style principle for knowledge. It argues that, properly construed, this type of radical skepticism presents us with a putative paradox. That means that prospective anti-skeptical strategies will fall into one of two camps—either they will be undercutting anti-skeptical strategies that demonstrate that this putative paradox is not in fact bona fide, or else they will be overriding anti-skeptical strategies that grant that the paradox is genuine but nonetheless offer independent grounds for rejecting at least one of the claims that makes up this paradox. As part of this exploration of the radical skeptical paradox, the chapter examines three specific overriding anti-skeptical proposals. Along the way it also identifies a more nuanced conception of the radical skeptical paradox that focuses on rationally grounded knowledge.

Keywords:   radical skepticism, knowledge, anti-skeptical strategy, radical skeptical paradox, closure

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