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The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism
     

The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

by John Greco
 

In the history of philosophical thought, few themes loom as large as skepticism. Skepticism has been the most visible and important part of debates about knowledge. Skepticism at its most basic questions our cognitive achievements, challenges our ability to obtain reliable knowledge; casting doubt on our attempts to seek and understand the truth about everything

Overview

In the history of philosophical thought, few themes loom as large as skepticism. Skepticism has been the most visible and important part of debates about knowledge. Skepticism at its most basic questions our cognitive achievements, challenges our ability to obtain reliable knowledge; casting doubt on our attempts to seek and understand the truth about everything from ethics, to other minds, religious belief, and even the underlying structure of matter and reality. Since Descartes, the defense of knowledge against skepticism has been one of the primary tasks not just of epistemology but philosophy itself.

The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism features twenty-six newly commissioned chapters by top figures in the field. Part One contains articles explaining important kinds of skeptical reasoning. Part Two focuses on responses to skeptical arguments. Part Three concentrates on important contemporary issues revolving around skepticism. As the first volume of its kind, the articles make significant contributions to the debate on skepticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199836802
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

John Greco is Professor and Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy, Saint Louis University

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