Introduction: Ancient skepticism, voluntarism, and science

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Abstract

In this introduction, I motivate the project of examining certain resonances between ancient skeptical positions, especially Pyrrhonism, and positions in contemporary epistemology, with special attention to recent work in the epistemology of science. One such resonance concerns the idea of suspension of judgment or belief in certain contexts or domains of inquiry, and the reasons for (or processes eventuating in) suspension. Another concerns the question of whether suspension of belief in such circumstances is voluntary, in any of the senses discussed in current work on voluntarism in epistemology, which informs recent discussions of how voluntarism regarding epis-temic stances may shed light on positions like scientific realism and antirealism. The aim of this special issue is thus to explore certain analogies and disanalogies between ancient and contemporary debates about skepticism, and to consider whether and to what extent the former can provide insight into the latter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of Skepticism
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Pyrrhonism
  • Scientific realism
  • Skepticism
  • Stances
  • Voluntarism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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