The Varieties of Agnosticism

Philosophical Quarterly 72 (2):365-380 (2022)
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We provide a framework for understanding agnosticism. The framework accounts for the varieties of agnosticism while vindicating the unity of the phenomenon. This combination of unity and plurality is achieved by taking the varieties of agnosticism to be represented by several agnostic stances, all of which share a common core provided by what we call the minimal agnostic attitude. We illustrate the fruitfulness of the framework by showing how it can be applied to several philosophical debates. In particular, several philosophical positions can be aptly conceived of as instances of agnosticism whilst retaining their differences and distinguishing features.

Author Profiles

Luca Incurvati
University of Amsterdam
Filippo Ferrari
University of Bologna


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