Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, 264 pp.In this innovative, clearly written, and wide-ranging book, Duncan Pritchard1offers a new response to skepticism. In the course of doing so, he argues that it is superior to a number of competing responses to skepticism currently on offer. As a result, this book will be of interest both to those curious about Pritchard’s proposal, as well as to those who wish for a survey of contemporary responses to skepticism and a discussion of their strengths and weaknesses.In brief, Pritchard argues in his book that there are two different skeptical problems (more on those in a minute) that demand two separate, but mutually reinforcing, responses. The response to the first involves the Wittgensteinian claim that denials of skeptical hypotheses are hinge propositions that cannot be believed, while the response to the second involves the McDowellian claim that in paradigm cases of perceptual knowledge the knowledge in question enjoys a rational support that is both factive and reflectively accessible.In the rest of this review I will briefly outline Pritchard’s chapters and add some critical comments.Chapter 1. In the first chapter, Pritchard introduces the first form of skepticism, closure-based skepticism, which he presents as a triad
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Published: Nov 7, 2016
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