Brian C. Ribeiro
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The ideas in this book have taken shape over a period of more than two decades. During that time I have benefited from discussions with many people, some of whom have also spent considerable time providing me with comments and constructive criticism. I wish to thank all of those individuals, even if I cannot name them all here. My thanks also go to my students, my colleagues (past and present), and the various audiences who have listened to my ideas and given me feedback. The Tennessee Philosophical Association, held each year on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has been a source of stimulation and philosophical fellowship for me for more than twenty years now. Brill’s two anonymous reviewers each gave careful attention to my manuscript and made numerous helpful suggestions; I wish to thank them both. Most especially I would like to thank each of the following people: Scott Aikin, Andy Cling, Karánn Durland, Richard Greene, Diego Machuca, John Meadors, José Medina, Duncan Pritchard, Jeffrey Tlumak, Derek Turner, and Howard Webb.

I have always tried to bear in mind Hume’s best piece of advice for philosophers: “Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man” (ehu 1.6; sbn 9). Those words struck me as wise when I first read them as a college undergrad, and their wisdom has never paled for me. Because she helps me to follow Hume’s advice and brightens my life’s journey, my deepest debt is to my adventure-partner and loving wife, Amelia. In her love, and the love of my family and friends, and in countless other smaller goods, I have received more than a reasonable man should expect from life. I am not too proud to say it is clearly more than I deserve.

Material from the following papers of mine has been incorporated into this book, and I wish to thank the original editors and publishers for their kind permission to reprint this material:

  • “Epistemological Skepticism(s) and Rational Self-Control,” The Monist 85 (2002): 468–477.

  • “Is Pyrrhonism Psychologically Possible?”, Ancient Philosophy 22 (2002): 319–331.

  • “Hume’s Changing Views on the ‘Durability’ of Skepticism,” Journal of Scottish Philosophy 7 (2009): 215–236.

  • “Sextus, Montaigne, Hume: Exercises in Skeptical Cartography,” Modern Schoolman 87 (2009): 7–34.

  • “Epistemic Akrasia,” International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (2011): 18–25.

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