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In the ancient world there were two main skeptical traditions. Academic skepticism took the dogmatic position that knowledge was not possible; Pyrrhonian skeptics refused to take a dogmatic position on any issue—including skepticism.
Radical skepticism ends in the paradoxical claim that one cannot know anything—including that one cannot know about knowing anything. Skepticism can be classified according to its scope.
Local skepticism involves being skeptical about particular areas of knowledge, e. Skepticism can also be classified according to its method. In the Western tradition there are two basic approaches to skepticism. Agrippan skepticism focuses on the process of justification rather than the possibility of doubt.
According to this view there are three ways in which one might attempt to justify a claim but none of them are adequate: Philosophical skepticism is distinguished from methodological skepticism in that philosophical skepticism is an approach that questions the possibility of certainty in knowledgewhereas methodological skepticism is an approach that subjects all knowledge claims to scrutiny with the goal of sorting out true from false claims.
Schools[ edit ] Philosophical skepticism begins with the claim that the skeptic currently does not have knowledge.
Some adherents maintain that knowledge is, in theory, possible. It could be argued that Socrates held that view. He appears to have thought that if people continue to ask questions they might eventually come to have knowledge; but that they did not have it yet.
Some skeptics have gone further and claimed that true knowledge is impossible, for example the Academic school in Ancient Greece well after the time of Carneades.
A third skeptical approach would be neither to accept nor reject the possibility of knowledge. Skepticism can be either about everything or about particular areas. A 'global' skeptic argues that he does not absolutely know anything to be either true or false.
Academic global skepticism has great difficulty in supporting this claim while maintaining philosophical rigor, since it seems to require that nothing can be known—except for the knowledge that nothing can be known, though in its probabilistic form it can use and support the notion of weight of evidence.
Thus, some probabilists avoid extreme skepticism by maintaining that they merely are 'reasonably certain' or 'largely believe' some things are real or true. As for using probabilistic arguments to defend skepticism, in a sense this enlarges or increases scepticism, while the defence of empiricism by Empiricus weakens skepticism and strengthens dogmatism by alleging that sensory appearances are beyond doubt.
Much later, Kant would re-define "dogmatism" to make indirect realism about the external world seem objectionable. While many Hellenists, outside of Empiricus, would maintain that everyone who is not sceptical about everything is a dogmatist, this position would seem too extreme for most later philosophers.
Nevertheless, A Pyrrhonian global skeptic labors under no such modern constraint, since he only alleged that he, personally, did not know anything and made no statement about the possibility of knowledge. Nor did Arcesilaus feel bound, since he merely corrected Socrates's "I only know that I know nothing" by adding "I don't even know that", thus more fully rejecting dogmatism.
Local skeptics deny that people do or can have knowledge of a particular area. They may be skeptical about the possibility of one form of knowledge without doubting other forms.
Different kinds of local skepticism may emerge, depending on the area. A person may doubt the truth value of different types of journalism, for example, depending on the types of media they trust. In Islamic philosophyskepticism was established by Al-Ghazali —known in the West as "Algazel", as part of the Ash'ari school of Islamic theology.
Francisco Sanches 's That Nothing is Known published in as Quod nihil scitur is one of the crucial texts of Renaissance skepticism. Skeptics argue that the belief in something does not necessarily justify an assertion of knowledge of it.
In this, skeptics oppose dogmatic foundationalismwhich states that there have to be some basic positions that are self-justified or beyond justification, without reference to others. One example of such foundationalism may be found in Spinoza 's Ethics.
The skeptical response to this can take several approaches. First, claiming that "basic positions" must exist amounts to the logical fallacy of argument from ignorance combined with the slippery slope. Foundationalists have used the same trilemma as a justification for demanding the validity of basic beliefs.
This skeptical approach is rarely taken to its pyrrhonean extreme by most practitioners. Several modifications have arisen over the years, including the following : Fictionalism would not claim to have knowledge but will adhere to conclusions on some criterion such as utility, aesthetics, or other personal criteria without claiming that any conclusion is actually "true".
Philosophical fideism as opposed to religious Fideism would assert the truth of some propositions, but does so without asserting certainty.
Some forms of pragmatism would accept utility as a provisional guide to truth but not necessarily a universal decision-maker.Even a person who claims that considering philosophic questions is a waste of time is expressing what is important, worthwhile, or valuable.
A rejection of all philosophy is in itself philosophy.
By studying philosophy, people can clarify what they believe, and they can be . The philosophy of healthcare is the study of the ethics, processes, and people which constitute the maintenance of health for human beings.
Why Act Utilitarianism Makes Moral Judgments Objectively True; Overall View. Utilitarianism is a philosophical view or theory about how we should evaluate a wide range of things that involve choices that people face. If a doctor can save five people from death by killing one healthy person and using that person’s organs for life.
The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are high-priority health issues that serve as measures of the Nation’s health. View Healthy People Infographics. Upcoming Events. Here is a great list of philosophical questions to get you thinking about life, the universe, and everything.
Some questions are quite complicated, and some questions are deceptively simple but with broad or far reaching implications. 1. Preliminaries. If ethics is widely regarded as the most accessible branch of philosophy, it is so because many of its presuppositions are self-evident or trivial truths: All human actions, for example, serve some end or purpose; whether they are right or wrong depends on an actor’s overall aims.