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Single Idea 3702

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 10. Anti External Justification]

Full Idea

If externalism is the final story, we have no reason to think that any of our beliefs are true, which amounts to a very strong and intuitively implausible version of scepticism.

Gist of Idea

Externalism means we have no reason to believe, which is strong scepticism


Laurence Bonjour (In Defence of Pure Reason [1998], 3.7)

Book Reference

Bonjour,Laurence: 'In Defense of Pure Reason' [CUP 1998], p.96

A Reaction

A very good point. I may, like a cat, know many things, with good external support, but as soon as I ask sceptical questions, I sink without trace if I lack internal reasons.