By James W. Cornman (auth.)
This publication is a manuscript that used to be almost whole whilst James W. Cornman died. many of the chapters have been in ultimate shape, and all however the final were revised via the writer. The final bankruptcy used to be in handwritten shape, and the concluding feedback weren't entire. Swain took cost of the proofreading and John L. Thomas compiled the indices with the help of Lehrer. it really is our opinion that this manuscript, just like the different books Cornman released, is one among unheard of scholarly and philo sophical value. As do all of his philosophical guides, this paintings displays Cornman's nice love for philosophy and his dedication to the quest for fact. each critical scholar and writer of epistemology will make the most of and recognize the thorough scholarship and rigorous argumentation they're going to locate herein. it's been our privilege to partici pate within the coaching of the manuscript for the philosophical public. KEITH LEHRER MARSHALL SWAIN IX creation creation TO EPISTEMOLOGICAL SKEPTICISM Many philosophers attempt to refute skepticism, yet few try and provide an exact characterization of the thesis they assault. My first objective, therefore, is to signify skepticism, or, extra accurately, numerous species of skepticism. Then I shall select these species I desire to examine and justify my selection. to start, permit me distinguish what I shall name "epistemological skepticism" from the thesis I shall name "ontological nihilism" and from what's believed by way of somebody whom I shall name an "ontological skeptic".