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March 18, 2015 / compassioninpolitics

Critique of unmitigated skepticism–epistemology meets reality

“The strict demands for unimpeachable certainty leave one with so small a set of basic beliefs that they can’t possibly bear the weight of all that we believe. A moment’s reflection shows that the thousands of beliefs we hold about matters aesthetic, moral, religious, political, economic, historical, scientific, philosophical, and so on can’t all be derived from the very small set of basic beliefs insisted on by strong foundationalists.”

Jay Wood, Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous, 1998, p 94-95

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