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Formal Epistemology and Cartesian Skepticism: In Defense of Belief in the Natural World

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2018.06.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tomoji Shogenji, Formal Epistemology and Cartesian Skepticism: In Defense of Belief in the Natural World, Routledge, 2018, 193pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138570184. Reviewed by Jonah N. Schupbach, University of Utah This book can best be described as an examination of formal epistemological methods driven by a serious confrontation with Cartesian skepticism. Shogenji argues that contemporary epistemologies fail to vindicate belief in the natural world in the face of such skepticism. This motivates him to develop a new formal approach to epistemology, which he argues has the resources for rebutting the skeptic. He describes his project as "meliorative epistemology," engineering our concepts and methods in order to improve our epistemic lot, in contrast with "epistemography," accommodating and describing pre-theoretic epistemic judgments. In this work, Shogenji ultimately offers a "defense of belief in the natural. . .

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