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Scepticism: A Very Short Introduction

Duncan Pritchard

September 2019

ISBN: 9780198829164

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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This book explores the nature of scepticism, asking when it is legitimate, for example as the driver of new ideas, and when it is problematic. It also tackles how scepticism is related to contemporary social and political phenomena, such as fake news, and examines a radical form of scepticism which maintains that knowledge is impossible.

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This book explores the nature of scepticism, asking when it is legitimate, for example as the driver of new ideas, and when it is problematic. It also tackles how scepticism is related to contemporary social and political phenomena, such as fake news, and examines a radical form of scepticism which maintains that knowledge is impossible.

  • Explores the nature of scepticism, asking when it is legitimate and when it is problematic
  • Relates the topic of scepticism to important social trends, such as fake news, post-truth politics, and climate change denial
  • Examines the philosophical arguments for a radical form of scepticism which maintains that knowledge is impossible
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Duncan Pritchard, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine and Professor of Philisophy, University of Edinburgh

Duncan Pritchard is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Epistemic Luck (OUP, 2005), Epistemological Disjunctivism (OUP, 2012), The Nature and Value of Knowledge (OUP 2010), co-authored with Alan Millar, Adrian Haddock, and Epistemic Angst (Princeton UP, 2015). In 2007 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize, and, in 2011, he was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

    1:What is scepticism?
    2:Is knowledge impossible?
    3:Defending knowledge
    4:Scepticism as a way of life
    Further reading
    Index