Scepticism by a thousand cuts

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Global sceptical arguments seek to undermine vast swathes of our putative knowledge by deploying hypotheses that posit massive deception or error. Local sceptical arguments seek to undermine just a small region of putative knowledge, using hypotheses that posit deception or error of a more mundane kind. Those epistemologists who have devised anti-sceptical strategies have tended to have global sceptical arguments firmly in their sights. I argue here that local sceptical arguments, while less dramatic, ultimately pose just as serious a challenge to our epistemic self-image and that some prominent anti-sceptical strategies are very poorly placed to meet it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44 – 52
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of Skepticism
Issue number1
Early online date15 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • evidence
  • global sceptical argument
  • knowledge
  • local sceptical argument


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