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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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Epistemological Disjunctivism and the Factivity of Reasons

Epistemological Disjunctivism and the Factivity of Reasons

(p.123) Chapter 5 Epistemological Disjunctivism and the Factivity of Reasons
Epistemic Angst

Duncan Pritchard

Princeton University Press

This chapter demonstrates that epistemological disjunctivism represents a viable theoretical option when it comes to our understanding of perceptual knowledge. It also shows that this proposal has direct application to the underdeterminationRK-based radical skeptical paradox. In particular, epistemological disjunctivism rejects the new evil demon intuition and the insularity of reasons thesis that underlies it, and hence is in a position to deny one of the claims that makes up this paradox. Moreover, epistemological disjunctivism can also lay claim to being an undercutting anti-skeptical proposal. Finally, the chapter discusses how epistemological disjunctivism is able to trade on the general epistemological distinction that has been drawn between favoring and discriminating epistemic support.

Keywords:   epistemological disjunctivism, perceptual knowledge, radical skepticism, anti-skeptical proposal, epistemic support, underdetermination

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