Making Sense of Thompson Clarke's "The Legacy of Skepticism"

Sképsis: Revista de Filosofia 23 (12):70-102 (2021)
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Thompson Clarke’s seminal paper “The Legacy of Skepticism” (1972) is notoriously difficult in both substance and presentation. Despite the paper’s importance to skepticism studies in the nearly half-century since its publication, no attempt has been made in the secondary literature to provide an account, based on a close reading of the text, of just what Clarke’s argument is. Furthermore, much of the existing literature betrays (or so it seems to me) fundamental misunderstandings of Clarke’s thought. In this essay, I attempt to explain—concisely but comprehensively—Clarke’s overall argument in “The Legacy of Skepticism.”

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Roger Eichorn
University of Chicago (PhD)


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