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Moderate Ethical Realism In Sextus' Against The Ethicists?

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This chapter argues that, as a philosophical doctrine about the nature of knowledge, or justification, internalism is precisely the sort of view about which the Pyrrhonist suspends judgment. Moreover, properly articulated, Pyrrhonism offers a critical way of addressing the internalism/externalism debate which, being less committed, is also in some respects more illuminating. Pyrrhonism is a particular attitude of investigation: the ability to oppose appearances and objects of thought in every possible way, in order to try to determine which things the skeptic, or the Pyrrhonist, should assent to. The externalist is unlikely to be moved by Barnes' reconstruction of the dialectic. By comparing and contrasting externalism and internalism, the Pyrrhonist displays the increased understanding that emerges from examining the limitations and advantages of these views.

Keywords: externalism; internalism; Pyrrhonist



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