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Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt: A Philosophical Dialogue

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2018.04.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eli Hirsch, Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt: A Philosophical Dialogue, Bloomsbury, 2018, 238pp., $24.95, ISBN 9781350033856. Reviewed by Samuel Lebens, University of Haifa The best dialogues avoid pitting strong intellects against yes-men. Instead, they present a real clash between diverse voices, forcing one another to refine their position in light of each other's criticisms. This allows the reader to see to the heart of the issues that divide the protagonists. Hirsch's dialogue does just that, and with wonderful theatricality. Hirsch's richly conceived characters have just stepped outside of the study-hall of a rabbinical seminary (a Yeshiva), to discuss epistemology in the bathroom. At one point, the fourth-wall is broken, and the characters express their awareness that they are characters of Hirsch's creation. In this text, therefore, we find the cutting philosophical dialogue of a George. . .

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