- The Pyrrhonian Problematic
- The Problem of the Criterion
- Cartesian Skepticism: Arguments and Antecedents
- Hume's Skepticism
- Skepticism about the External World
- Skepticism about Induction
- Skepticism about A Priori Justification: Self‐Evidence, Defeasibility, and Cogito Propositions
- Moral Realism, Quasi Realism, and Skepticism
- Religious Skepticism
- Live Skeptical Hypotheses
- Berkeley's Treatment of Skepticism
- Kant's Response to Skepticism
- Reid's Response to the Skeptic
- Peirce and Skepticism
- Moore and Skepticism
- Austin's Way with Skepticism
- Wittgenstein on Certainty
- The Relativist Response to Radical Skepticism
- Ascriber Contextualism
- Sensitivity, Safety, and Antiluck Epistemology
- Closure and Alternative Possibilities
- Contemporary Responses to Agrippa's Trilemma
- Externalist Responses to Skepticism
- Internalist Responses to Skepticism
- Virtue‐Theoretic Responses to Skepticism
- Disjunctivism and Skepticism
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This article describes philosopher Thomas Reid's view against skepticism. According to Reid, a major source of skepticism about the external world is the theory of ideas or the view that the direct or immediate objects of perceptual acquaintance are not objects in the external world but only ideas, images, or representations in the perceiver's own mind. In his Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man Reid portrays the theory of ideas as engendering epistemological skepticism and in In An Inquiry into the Human Mind he portrays the theory of ideas as engendering a different kind of skepticism that we might call semantic skepticism as opposed to epistemological skepticism, or skepticism about understanding as opposed to skepticism about knowledge.
James Van Cleve is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California.
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