Knowledge, doubt, and circularity

Baron Reed*

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Abstract

Ernest Sosa's virtue perspectivism can be thought of as an attempt to capture as much as possible of the Cartesian project in epistemology while remaining within the framework of externalist fallibilism. I argue (a) that Descartes's project was motivated by a desire for intellectual stability and (b) that his project does not suffer from epistemic circularity. By contrast, Sosa's epistemology does entail epistemic circularity and, for this reason, proves unable to secure the sort of intellectual stability Descartes wanted. I then argue that this leaves Sosa's epistemology vulnerable to an important kind of skepticism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-287
Number of pages15
JournalSynthese
Volume188
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Certainty
  • Circularity
  • Descartes
  • Doubt
  • Epistemology
  • Knowledge
  • Skepticism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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