Comments on Penelope Maddy’s What Do Philosophers Do?

in International Journal for the Study of Skepticism
AutorIn: Barry Stroud 1
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I here offer a discussion of some of Penelope Maddy’s responses to philosophical scepticism in her recent book, What Do Philosophers Do? Among other things, I suggest that philosophers who take an interest in human knowledge are not primarily concerned with whether anyone knows anything about the world, but rather with understanding how we know the things we do in the face of the difficulties that seem naturally to arise in the explanations they come up with.

  • Austin J.L. 1962. Sense and Sensibilia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Descartes R. 1984. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, volume 2. Edited and translated by Cottingham R. , Stoothoff R. , and Murdoch D. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Maddy P. 2017. What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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