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Unformatted text preview: The first way is that of dogmatism , which completes the series by appeal to an object which is distinct from all objects of experience. The second is that of empiricism , which insists that the series be kept strictly within the bounds of experience. The fundamental problem with dogmatism is that it satisfies reason with ideas beyond the scope of the understanding. Conversely, empiricism accommodates the understanding with ideas too small for reason. The arguments for the theses advanced by dogmatism and the antitheses advanced by empiricism are of the same type -- indirect. Each side assumes the position of the other and attempts to show that it is inconsistent with a high-level principle it takes to be true. Since each side can reduce the other to conflict, either the last argument given is the most persuasive, or one walks away in disgust, converted to skepticism....
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- Fall '09