For several decades, renewed interest in the connection between perception and knowledge has sustained a robust debate over external world skepticism ( ews ). Recently, however, a growing consensus claims the skeptical challenge has been substantially met, and that realism in some robust form has emerged a clear victor. I invite us to rethink this consensus in a two-part response. The first forges a temporary alliance with skepticism against prominent forms of contemporary realism. That these fail to rebuff ews bolsters Barry Stroud’s call for a new paradigm of objectivity. In the second part I sketch such a paradigm based upon a transactional interpretation of John Dewey’s pragmatism, and indicate its resilience to skeptical attacks.
Contemporary Pragmatism – Brill
Published: Aug 23, 2016
Keywords: skepticism; realism; pragmatism; epistemology; John Dewey; Ernest Sosa; Keith DeRose; Barry Stroud