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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 Underdetermination

Radical Skepticism and Underdetermination

(p.29) Chapter 2 Radical Skepticism and Underdetermination
Epistemic Angst

Duncan Pritchard

Princeton University Press

This chapter reveals a more nuanced way to conceive of the radical skeptical paradox—one that makes no essential appeal to a closure-style principle for knowledge. It discusses the skeptical challenge presented by, on the one hand, underdeterminationRK/rational ground-based radical skepticism and, on the other hand, closureRK-based radical skepticism. Then, in light of these general reflections about these two forms of radical skeptical challenge, the chapter sets out what, both minimally and ideally, we would want from an intellectually satisfying response to the problem of radical skepticism, where this is a response to this problem that deals with both kinds of skeptical challenge.

Keywords:   radical skeptical paradox, underdetermination, closure, radical skeptical challenge, epistemic externalism, attributer contextualism, radical skepticism

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