- 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
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the notion of skepticism about the external world. It attempts to provide an understanding of what the skeptic means by the external world when he denies knowledge of the external world. It considers several popular but misguided replies to skepticism about the external world and reconstructs several lines of skeptical argument. It discusses the so-called semantic contextualism as a more promising approach to external-world skepticism and argues that even if contextualism is correct about the semantics of “knows” and related language, it fails to give us the sort of explanation we want in a satisfying response to skepticism.
John Greco is Professor and Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy, Saint Louis University.
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