Against Piecemeal Skepticism

in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism
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Rather than advancing a global skeptical hypothesis, Anthony Brueckner and Jon Altschul construct a skeptical strategy in which they posit a plurality of skeptical hypotheses for distinct propositions that someone claims to know. I show that such “piecemeal” skepticism fails, suggesting that the skeptic is better off sticking with a global skeptical hypothesis.


BruecknerA. & AltschulJ.. (2010). “Terms of Envatment,” 174176 in BruecknerA., Essays on Skepticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

PutnamH. (1981). Reason, Truth, and History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Putnam (1981) also suggested that a token utterance of ‘tree’ might instead refer either to “trees-in-the-image” or to electrical impulses that stimulate the brain.


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