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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This book raises questions about the nature of philosophy by examining the source and significance of one central philosophical problem: how can we know anything about the world around us?

Stroud discusses and criticizes the views of such philosophers as Descartes, Kant, J. Austin, G. Moore, R. Carnap, W. Quine, and others. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism. Shelves: philosophy. He sticks with this example as a reference point throughout the book because it poses the problem of skepticism in its entirety, and this simplicity makes it easy to follow the subsequent discussion. Thinkers since Descartes and Hume have proposed ways by which to ground what we think we know in an objective reality.

Stroud critiques these thinkers one by one, taking up Moore, Kant, Carnap and Quine. Stroud's arguments are good no matter where the reader locates himself in the debate over skepticism. As a realist myself I began to see what the missing ingredient might be in each attempt to ground knowledge in reality, so the steady, in-depth critique the author provides helped me refine or revise my own thinking on the matter. If a philosophy book can do that then its author has connected with his readership.

Stroud drags out the starting discussion of Descartes too long and works the example too finely in later chapters after having already established it. But for that, I would have given this study five stars, which I rarely do for a philosophy book.

The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism turns out to be surprisingly good and it's accessible to general readers of philosophy as well as specialists. Jun 03, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: mind-food. A useful introductory text to Philosophical Scepticism.

I'm torn between 4. This book is written for a wide audience, which is not always easy to do while keeping the work appealing to a professional philosopher. This book succeeds. Feb 03, Phillip rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Here is a companion from my undergraduate days. It is a little difficult but does a fantastic job of arguing why the question of whether or not the world exist independent of our sense experience of it is an important question.

He does not argue for a solution. He presents the different possible strategies that are out there. May 07, Jordan rated it liked it Shelves: philosophy. Interesting book from this very moderate sceptic; Skipped a few chapters, to get onto his more recent work, but enjoyable nonetheless, particularly for his sceptical acceptance of Descartes, whom nearly every other philosopher desperately tries to avoid Jun 20, Raphael Rosen rated it it was amazing. I love Barry Stroud! Jul 05, Alex Tsiatsos rated it really liked it.

A fantastically patient account of scepticism countering challenges to scepticism throughout modern philosophy. I don't remember if it was convincing, ultimately.

I look forward to reading it again. Jan 02, Blakely rated it really liked it. Exquisite analysis of the structure of skeptical problems. Jul 30, Chris rated it it was amazing. This is not much of a review, but this book made me pursue epistemology.

Anyone doing academic research in epistemology and would like to gain a clearer understanding of the nature and implications of skeptical argumentation should definitely check this one out! Matthew Jenkins rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Andrej Kos rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Ryan Bush rated it really liked it Mar 25, Desert rated it really liked it Dec 29, Georgios rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Louise Chapman rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Hesti Millaine rated it it was amazing Mar 18, John rated it really liked it Jan 09, Julian Kusnadi rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Adam rated it really liked it Nov 05, Brian rated it really liked it Sep 07, Joshua Smart rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Jeremy rated it really liked it Jun 02, Bill rated it really liked it Jul 12, Rob rated it really liked it Feb 12, Gwen rated it liked it Oct 30, Jon Delmendo rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Cyberdionysos rated it really liked it Dec 21, Samuel rated it really liked it Aug 10, Ruben rated it really liked it Jul 05, Cuong Nguyen rated it really liked it Jun 26, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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I think that when we first encounter the sceptical reasoning outlined in the previous chapter we find it immediately gripping. It appeals to something deep in our nature and seems to raise a real problem about the human condition. It is natural to feel that either we must accept the literal truth of the conclusion that we can know nothing about the world around us, or else we must somehow show that it is not true. Accepting it and holding to it consistently seem disastrous, and yet rejecting it seems impossible. But what is the 'literal truth' of that conclusion?

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Transcendental Arguments and Science pp Cite as. One of the topics announced for this symposium is the contrast between two different approaches or tendencies in philosophical studies of the foundations of science. On the one hand there are those who would abandon the quest for a general justification of empirical knowledge in favour of a purely naturalistic study of the procedures actually employed by scientists and other knowing subjects. Unable to display preview.

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