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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 Closure-Based Radical Skepticism

Epistemological Disjunctivism and Closure-Based Radical Skepticism

(p.144) Chapter 6 Epistemological Disjunctivism and Closure-Based Radical Skepticism
Epistemic Angst

Duncan Pritchard

Princeton University Press

This chapter explains that the Achilles' heel of epistemological disjunctivism as an anti-skeptical strategy lies in the response that it offers to the closureRK-based radical skeptical paradox. In particular, whereas the epistemological disjunctivist's claim that one can possess a rational grounding for one's everyday beliefs that favors those beliefs over radical skeptical alternatives is well motivated, such that epistemological disjunctivism can evade the problem posed by underdeterminationRK-based radical skepticism, a stronger epistemological thesis is required to deal with closureRK-based radical skepticism, and this thesis is not well motivated. In particular, what is required is the idea that one can have rationally grounded knowledge of the denials of radical skeptical hypotheses, and such a claim appears epistemically immodest in the extreme.

Keywords:   epistemological disjunctivism, radical skepticism, radical skeptical hypotheses, anti-skeptical strategy, underdetermination, closure

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