Philosophical Skepticism

Philosophical Skepticism

Editor(s): Charles Landesman, Roblin Meeks

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631213536

Online ISBN: 9780470693476

DOI: 10.1002/9780470693476

About this Book


Philosophical Skepticism provides a selection of texts drawn from the skeptical tradition of Western philosophy as well as texts written by opponents of skepticism. Taken together with the historical introduction by Landesman and Meeks, these texts clearly illustrate the profound influence that skeptical stances have had on the nature of philosophical inquiry.


  • Draws a selection of texts from the skeptical tradition of Western philosophy as well as texts written by opponents of skepticism.
  • Spans centuries of skeptical and anti-skeptical arguments, from Socrates to Rorty.
  • Includes essays by Plato, Cicero, Diogenes Laertius, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Russell, Quine, Nagel, and many others.
  • Provides a solid foundation for further study.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Global Skepticism

  2. Part II: Skeptical Topics - Perception

  3. Part II: Skeptical Topics - Induction

  4. Part II: Skeptical Topics - Other Minds

  5. Part II: Skeptical Topics - Self-Knowledge

  6. Part II: Skeptical Topics - Religious Belief

  7. Part III: Responses and Reactions

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