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The Resource What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy, Penelope Maddy

What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy, Penelope Maddy

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What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy
Title
What do philosophers do?
Title remainder
skepticism and the practice of philosophy
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Penelope Maddy
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Language
eng
Summary
How do you know the world around you isn't just an elaborate dream, or the creation of an evil neuroscientist? If all you have to go on are various lights, sounds, smells, tastes and tickles, how can you know what the world is really like, or even whether there is a world beyond your own mind? Questions like these -- familiar from science fiction and dorm room debates -- lie at the core of venerable philosophical arguments for radical skepticism: the stark contention that we in fact know nothing at all about the world, that we have no more reason to believe any claim -- that there are trees, that we have hands -- than we have to disbelieve it. Like non-philosophers in their sober moments, philosophers, too, find this skeptical conclusion preposterous, but they're faced with those famous arguments: the Dream Argument, the Argument from Illusion, the Infinite Regress of Justification, the more recent Closure Argument. If these can't be met, they raise a serious challenge not just to philosophers, but to anyone responsible enough to expect her beliefs to square with her evidence. What Do Philosophers Do? takes up the skeptical arguments from this everyday point of view, and ultimately concludes that they don't undermine our ordinary beliefs or our ordinary ways of finding out about the world. In the process, Maddy examines and evaluates a range of philosophical methods -- common sense, scientific naturalism, ordinary language, conceptual analysis, therapeutic approaches -- as employed by such philosophers as Thomas Reid, G. E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and J. L. Austin. The result is a revealing portrait of what philosophers do, and perhaps a quiet suggestion for what they should do, for what they do best. -- Provided by publisher
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Maddy, Penelope
Dewey number
101
Index
no index present
LC call number
BD241
LC item number
.M238 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Romanell lectures
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  • Methodology
  • Skepticism
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What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy, Penelope Maddy
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Publication
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-244) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface - Introduction -- Part I: The Dream Argument -- 1. Descartes on dreaming -- 2. Stroud on dreaming -- 3. Stroud vs. Austin -- Part II: The Argument from Illusion -- 1. The argument -- 2. Shortcomings of the argument -- 3. Why is the argument so appealing? -- 4. From the argument to skepticism -- 5. Back to dreaming -- Part III: The Cure and Beyond -- 1. Moore -- 2. Wittgenstein -- 3. Beyond -- Appendix A: The infinite regress of justifications -- Appendix B: The closure argument -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn954037951
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xi, 248 pages
Isbn
9780190618698
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016015440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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n
Other control number
40026720900
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  • (Sirsi) o954037951
  • (OCoLC)954037951
Label
What do philosophers do? : skepticism and the practice of philosophy, Penelope Maddy
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface - Introduction -- Part I: The Dream Argument -- 1. Descartes on dreaming -- 2. Stroud on dreaming -- 3. Stroud vs. Austin -- Part II: The Argument from Illusion -- 1. The argument -- 2. Shortcomings of the argument -- 3. Why is the argument so appealing? -- 4. From the argument to skepticism -- 5. Back to dreaming -- Part III: The Cure and Beyond -- 1. Moore -- 2. Wittgenstein -- 3. Beyond -- Appendix A: The infinite regress of justifications -- Appendix B: The closure argument -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn954037951
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xi, 248 pages
Isbn
9780190618698
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016015440
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026720900
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o954037951
  • (OCoLC)954037951

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