What Do Philosophers Do?
Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy
Reviews and Awards
"To write a book for non-philosophers about what it is exactly that philosophers do, is by no means easy. Still, Maddy has succeeded very well with this book. It is very well written and not at all difficult to understand for a non-philosophical audience. It is an invitation to the reader to delve deeper into the fascinating world of philosophy and metaphilosophy." -- Jan Arreman, Philosophy in Review
"What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy is an incredibly original and thought-provoking book. It is also an extremely ambitious piece of work, since it knits together two of the hardest topics in philosophy- i.e. skepticism and meta-philosophy. And it does so admirably, with a clear and approachable style." --Annalisa Coliva, International Journal for the Study of Skepticism
"This is an outstanding book. It offers an extremely attractive response to standard forms of external world skepticism, and rich and illuminating readings of J.L. Austin, G.E. Moore, and Wittgenstein. The prose is clear and sparkling, the argumentation careful and compelling, and the discussion highly sophisticated without ever getting bogged down in unnecessary detail. It offers a clarion call to a certain way of approaching our subject, an approach that is both distinctive and yet deeply familiar: a return to the convictions and subtleties of real life." -- Adam Leite, Indiana University, Bloomington