The skeptical puzzle consists of three independently plausible yet jointly inconsistent claims: (A) S knows a certain o rdinary p roposition op; (B) S does not know the denial of a certain s keptical h ypothesis sh; and (C) S knows that op only if S knows that not-sh. The variantist solution (to the skeptical puzzle) claims that (A) and not-(B) are true in the ordinary context, but false in the skeptical one. Epistemic contextualism has offered a standards-variantist solution , which is the most prominent variantist solution on the market. In this paper, I argue that the standards-variantist solution in general (and the contextualist solution in particular) is epistemically uninteresting. Proponents of the variantist solution should opt for the position-variantist solution instead. I will discuss some important implications of my findings.
International Journal for the Study of Skepticism – Brill
Published: Dec 26, 2017
Keywords: epistemic contextualism; standards variantism; position variantism; skepticism; pragmatic penetration; intellectualism
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