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A Buridanian Response To A Fourteenth Century Skeptical Argument And Its Rebuttal By A New Argument In The Early Sixteenth Century

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In this paper, I examine the various turns of this epistemological development. Next, I consider briefly another fourteenth century skeptical argument, closely related to argument A. In a third section, I draw from Adam Wodeham an account of the infallibilist conception of knowledge these arguments presuppose. Lastly, I consider the rejoinder a Buridanian might have made to Coronel's argument. Were he to do so, the agent would necessarily fail to produce its effect. We must conclude, therefore, that we do not know that there are effects produced by finite agents. We know that things external to our minds exist, however, only if there is at least one perceived thing of which we know that it exists. One such argument lies close to the surface in Adam Wodeham's discussion of epistemological issues raised by the Trinitarian dogma.

Keywords: Adam Wodeham; Albert of Saxony; Antonio Coronels counter-argument; Buridanian; causation; fourteenth century skeptical argument; infallibilist conception of knowledge



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