Date Presented

Spring 3-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Access Type

1

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

Skepticism is one of the oldest epistemological positions. Since the time of the Greeks, philosophers have been asking the question of is any knowledge possible. The Ancient skeptics of the time doubted everything while David Hume was skeptical of only some things. He further recognized that a global view was not viable for daily life. I argue in this paper that we should follow Hume’s approach in adopting a skepticism that begins with doubt and then examines the evidence for claims before coming to a conclusion. This will be markedly different from a priori assumptions of no knowledge which will be fleshed out throughout the course of the paper. The body of the paper will include history of figures in skepticism, and then present the view I am arguing for. In the final section I address some objections and give some rebuttals in hopes of solidifying my view.

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