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Rethinking the Human Condition: Skepticism, Realism, and Transactional Pragmatism

Rethinking the Human Condition: Skepticism, Realism, and Transactional Pragmatism 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Rethinking the Human Condition: Skepticism, Realism, and Transactional Pragmatism

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 13 (3): 263 – Aug 23, 2016

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Brill
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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-01303003
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Contemporary PragmatismBrill

Published: Aug 23, 2016

Keywords: skepticism; realism; pragmatism; epistemology; John Dewey; Ernest Sosa; Keith DeRose; Barry Stroud

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