Skeptics without Borders
by Kevin Meeker and Ted Poston
The specter of skepticism once again
haunts philosophy. Strangely, though, few
people unfurl the skeptical banner. As Bryan
the notion of scepticism elicits strange behaviour
in philosophers, especially epistemologists.
Many philosophers, even contemporary ones
who should know better, sometimes assert
that no one is really a sceptic. Philosophers
are pretty much professionally forbidden from
being radical sceptics even though we aren't
forbidden from believing any of many other
comparably outlandish claims.
Despite the dearth of radical skeptics among
us, many sense an urgent need for radical
epistemological restructuring to defeat "the
skeptic." While the journals buzz with discussions
about contextualism, closure principles,
epistemic luck, safety, sensitivity, underdetermination,
and the like, we have lost sight of
how far we have come.