Stefano Colloca

On the tenability of sceptical arguments

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Keywords: Argument of the Oasis; Epistemic Error; Evil Genius; Scepticism; Self-Defeating Arguments; Theory of Knowledge.

The article concerns the tenability of sceptical arguments against the possibility of empirical knowledge of the external world. In the first place, I distinguish between arguments from actual error and arguments from possible error. It may seem that arguments from actual error are all self-defeating, because they are based on the very belief that they criticize. In the second place, I propose a new argument, the argument from unspecified actual error, or argument of the oasis, which I hold to be tenable.

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