Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone. . – New Books – book review
Skeptical Philosophy for Everyone. Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll. Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197. 2002. ISBN 1-57392-936-0. 342 Pp. $35, hardcover. Are knowledge claims–and the criteria for making such claims–ever really valid? Throughout the history of Western thought, great thinkers have produced theories designed to forestall or refute philosophical skepticism, thereby seeking to demonstrate that knowledge claims are meaningful. Two philosophy professors review each major theory of philosophy chronologically and by subject areas: metaphysics, epistemology ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Within each subject they discuss how the skeptical challenges gave rise to new philosophical positions. They conclude with a debate about whether the doubts expressed by skeptics can ultimately be refuted.
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