Skepticism and justification

Risto Hilpinen

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This paper discusses the skeptical argument presented by Keith Lehrer in his paper 'Why Not Scepticism?'. It is argued that Lehrer's argument depends on unacceptable premises, and therefore fails to establish the skeptical conclusion. On the other hand, it is also shown that even if the skeptic's opponent (called a "dogmatist") knows something, he may be unable to prove this in a way which could convince the skeptic; hence the difficulty of refuting skepticism. The paper also criticises Dretske's attempt to refute skeptical arguments by rejecting the consequence condition for epistemic justification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)


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