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Colloquium: Don Garrett

November 1, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday at 4:15 P.M. in GC rooms 9204/9205 (except as otherwise noted).


November 1st
Don Garrett (NYU)
“The Correction of Doubts: Humean Skepticism and Humean Dogmatism”


In the final section of An Enquiry concerning Human Nature, David Hume states that there are skeptical “objections” that we “cannot remove,” but also that the “excessive” skeptical doubts resulting from them can be, “in some measure, corrected by common sense and reflection.” Given his positive epistemic ambitions, there is good reason to think that he is epistemically serious when he writes thus of correcting these doubts. Appealing almost entirely to passages from the Enquiry, I seek to explain, first, the character of Hume’s theory of evidence in relation to “dogmatism” understood in a broad contemporary sense, and, second, the content of the skeptical objections he surveys. With these explanations as background, I then seek to show how the skeptical objections function to provoke doubt in accordance with Hume’s theory of evidence, and how common sense and reflection can operate to correct these doubts while still acknowledging and respecting their force.​


November 1, 2017
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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