Philosophy from a Skeptical Perspective . By Joseph Agassi and Abraham Meidan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. xvii + 163. ISBN: 978-0-521-72639-9. The authors of this book present a form of global skepticism, which they express with formulations like “every statement is doubtful” and “no statement is certain, plausible, corroborated, or otherwise justified” (p. 32). There is no attempt to present a detailed argument with this form of skepticism as the conclusion. Rather, they defend it against common objections, and they survey a number of philosophical issues from the perspective afforded by this skepticism. The authors also stress the practical significance of their views, and of philosophical discussion generally. In particular, they consider this form of skepticism to be an antidote to the harmful effects of an intellectual culture that they think is far too obsessed with error avoidance at all costs. This emphasis on error avoidance, they think, puts pressure on thinkers to avoid presenting interesting ideas, and hence limits the range of interesting ideas we have to work with. The reason is that new and interesting ideas carry the considerable risk of being wrong, and thinkers are unlikely to present such ideas if they are
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