Scepticism: A Defense
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Sceptical arguments have played a seminal role in the development of philosophical thought. The thesis considers traditional sceptical arguments and their application to a variety of issues. Four major topics--the external world, logic and mathematics, ethics, and the problem of other minds--are discussed in detail. Three other topics (induction, religious belief, and cultural relativism) are discussed to a lesser extent. In each case, the dissertation defends the sceptical conclusion that it is impossible to build a rational basis for belief, and examines this conclusion in light of traditional dogmatism and contemporary developments in analytic philosophy. Wittgenstein's works serve as a basis for the discussion of recent views.
Groarke, Leo Alfred, "Scepticism: A Defense" (1982). Digitized Theses. 1140.