Phi1Handout2 - PHI 1 Introduction to Philosophy Fall 2010...

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PHI 1: Introduction to Philosophy Fall 2010 Handout 2 I. Philosophical Skepticism A. Concentrate on question: can we know anything? B. Offer arguments which purport to show we cannot know anything. C. See how successful these arguments are: whether they are sound, or what it takes to refute them. D. Along the way, see what we learn about knowledge from the process. E. A purely theoretical exercise: do not propose to try to live our lives as if we know nothing. II. Skeptical Hypotheses A. Hypotheses like the brain in a vat (or The Matrix). B. If skeptical hypothesis SH is true, then most of our beliefs are not knowledge. 1. If skeptical hypothesis SH is true, then most of our beliefs are false. 2. Likewise, most of our grounds for what we believe are incorrect. 3. Conclude: most of our beliefs are not good enough to count as knowledge. 4. Generalize: nothing distinguishes beliefs which might not fall under (D). Conclude: we do not know anything.
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2010 for the course PHILOSOPHY 75011 taught by Professor Glanzberg during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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