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SKEPTICISM

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Peter Paul Elicor

on 24 November 2013

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Transcript of SKEPTICISM

SKEPTICISM σκεπτικ
Foundation
of Knowledge
Objectivity
Logical
Scientific
Man's consciousness
Method: Basis of Truth
withholding assent from all previous opinions which fail to be certain and indubitable.
The Meditations
1. Senses
2. Body & Mind
3. Evil Genius
Rene Descartes
scepticism against the sceptics
The Greek Sceptics
a strategy against forms of dogmatism that claim to have established a definitive view of how things stand in the world and/or in heaven
skeptikos
, “thoughtful, inquiring”

σκεπτικός
2004
2007
2013
2010
2001
1998
AD 1637
Descartes turned scepticism against the sceptics
1748
Hume suggests that 'natural instinct'
will save us from sceptical despair
1981
Hillary Putnam paints
brain-in-a-vat scenario
2003
Simulation argument suggests that
we may be living in a virtual world
5th century BC
Socrates' dialectic method undermines
opponents' dogmatic positions
c. 300 BC
Pyrrho of Elis counsels tranquility through
suspension of belief
timeline
appearance vs. reality
uncertainty vs. certainty
"cogito ergo sum"
"I think,
therefore,
I am"
Methodic
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