The Illusion of Doubt

2017.09.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Genia Schönbaumsfeld, The Illusion of Doubt, Oxford University Press, 2016, 177 pp., $ 60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198783947.
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2017.09.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Genia Schönbaumsfeld, The Illusion of Doubt, Oxford University Press, 2016, 177 pp., $ 60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198783947. Reviewed by Peter Baumann, Swarthmore College Genia Schönbaumsfeld's original and engaging book discusses epistemic skepticism, the claim that we cannot know anything about the external world (including its existence). More precisely, she discusses and raises serious doubts about "Cartesian" skepticism which is currently the most discussed form of epistemic skepticism (though not quite what Descartes might have had in mind). Other forms of epistemic skepticism (Agrippa's Trilemma, skepticism about induction, skepticism without radical scenarios like the recently much discussed lottery-skepticism, etc.) are not discussed. I will use the short term "skepticism" for the view under discussion here.   The main culprit in Schönbaumsfeld's cases against skepticism is a "Cartesian picture" of. . .

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