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Single Idea 19501

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 1. Scepticism]

Full Idea

When faced with an error-possibility we can appeal to background knowledge, as long as the error-possibility does not call into question this background knowledge. The same is not true when we focus on the radical sceptical hypothesis.

Gist of Idea

We assess error against background knowledge, but that is just what radical scepticism challenges


Duncan Pritchard (Epistemological Disjunctivism [2012], 2.5)

Book Reference

Pritchard,Duncan: 'Epistemological Disjunctivism' [OUP 2012], p.85

A Reaction

[reworded] Doubting everything simultaneously just looks like a mad project. If you doubt linguistic meaning, you can't even express your doubts.