What Do Philosophers Do?: Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy

What Do Philosophers Do?: Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy

by Penelope Maddy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190618698
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Series: Romanell Lectures Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 775,305
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 3.60(d)

About the Author

Penelope Maddy received her BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and her PhD from Princeton. Since then, she has held positions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and since 1987 at the University of California at Irvine. Since 1998, her appointment has been in Irvine's Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, of which she was the founding chair. She is the author of Realism in Mathematics, Naturalism in Mathematics (Lakatos Award 2002), Second Philosophy, Defending the Axioms, and The Logical Must.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part I: The Dream Argument
1. Descartes on dreaming
2. Stroud on dreaming
3. Stroud vs. Austin

Part II: The Argument from Illusion
1. The argument
2. Shortcomings of the argument
3. Why is the argument so appealing?
4. From the argument to skepticism
5. Back to dreaming

Part III: The Cure and Beyond
1. Moore
2. Wittgenstein
3. Beyond

Appendix A: The infinite regress of justifications
Appendix B: The closure argument
Bibliography
Index

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