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Defending Contrastivism

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One of the most interesting anti-skeptical theories that has been proposed in the recent literature is epistemological contrastivism. In this paper, I answer some important objections to contrastivism that have been put forward by Steven Luper. The upshot of this paper is that Luper’s objections fail to damage contrastivism.

Affiliations: 1: Delft University of Technology m.j.blaauw@tudelft.nl

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