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ISBN-13: 978-0198247616
ISBN-10: 0198247613
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"A very good book. Anyone interested in skepticism will want to read it....The book, though of great interest to professionals, could also be used...as a central text in epistemology courses at any level."--Teaching Philosophy


"Stroud has succeeded in achieving his goals. He has written a probing work that engages the reader and that forces him to rethink scepticism. The style is wonderfully clear, and the text abounds with helpful examples. One finishes the book with a strong sense that scepticism is worth taking seriously."--International Studies in Philosophy


"A major contribution to the study of epistemological skepticism regarding the existence of the external world. His revolutionary approach should not be ignored by any serious discusion of the topic."--Nous


"A marvel of philosophical reasoning...A tour de force of subtle philosophical analysis."--Academic Printing and Publishing


About the Author

Barry Stroud is at University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 9, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198247613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198247616
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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Most scholarly philsophy of the twentieth century has as yet failed to emerge from what Richard Rorty has termed the "linguistic turn." That is, by the early 1900's professional philosophers were driven out of the more investigative fictions through a few hundred years of forced exile qua scientific optimism and instead began to concentrate on the ability of the agent to actually say anything meaningful, a problem that many early modern philosophers, as evidenced by their lengthy treatises, did not appreciate. Stroud's work is a return to that older idea that philosophy should be less investigative and more speculative. 'The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism' seeks to reaqaint contemporary thinkers to an idea they had largely abandoned as meaningless or else secondary to the linguistic nature of experience. Stroud argues that, far from such belittling views, scepticism is alive and well. Indeed, the book could have been retitled 'The Damnable Persistance of Philsophical Scepticism' as Stroud shows how historical and now famous efforts to refute it, from Kant and Hume to Moore and Quine, have failed.
He is not hopeless, however. In fact, one gets the distinct impression that Stroud is searching for a reply. "Even if the thesis means nothing, or not what it seems to mean, can the study of scepticism about the world around us nevertheless reveal something deep and important about human knowledge or human nature or the urge to understand them philosophically? I am pretty sure that the answer is 'Yes', but I do not get as far as I would like towards showing why that is so. Nor do I ever manage to state precisely what the lesson or moral of a study of philsophical scepticism might be" (Stroud, pg.ix).
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