Tag Archives: scepticism

THERE ARE ACTUAL BRAINS IN VATS NOW (pages 135-145)

Adam Michael Bricker ABSTRACT: There are brains in vats (BIVs) in the actual world. These “cerebral organoids” are roughly comparable to the brains of three-month-old foetuses, and conscious cerebral organoids seem only a matter of time. Philosophical interest in conscious cerebral organoids has thus far been limited to bioethics, and the purpose of this paper is to discuss cerebral organoids ... Read More »

IS EPISTEMIC BLAME DISTINCT FROM MORAL BLAME? (pages 183-194)

Daniella MEEHAN ABSTRACT: In contemporary epistemology, recent attempts have been made to resist the notion of epistemic blame. This view, which I refer to as ‘epistemic blame skepticism,’ seems to challenge the notion of epistemic blame by reducing apparent cases of the phenomenon to examples of moral or practical blame. The purpose of this paper is to defend the notion ... Read More »

CAN I KNOW THAT ANYTHING EXISTS UNPERCEIVED? (pages 245-260)

Aaran BURNS ABSTRACT: It is well known that G.E Moore brought about a revival of Realism with his classic “The Refutation of Idealism.” Three decades later W.T. Stace wrote an unfortunately less famous paper, “The Refutation of Realism.” In that paper, Stace claims that “we do not know that a single entity exists unperceived.” This paper provides an interpretation of Stace’s ... Read More »

A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF BONJOUR’S, HAACK’S, AND DANCY’S THEORY OF EMPIRICAL JUSTIFICATION (pages 7-34)

Dionysis CHRISTIAS ABSTRACT: A In this paper, we shall describe and critically evaluate four contemporary theories which attempt to solve the problem of the infinite regress of reasons: BonJour’s ‘impure’ coherentism, BonJour’s foundationalism, Haack’s ‘foundherentism’ and Dancy’s pure coherentism. These theories are initially put forward as theories about the justification of our empirical beliefs; however, in fact they also attempt to provide ... Read More »

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