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Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0003-4040-7289

AccessType

Campus-Only Access for One (1) Year

Document Type

dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Philosophy

Year Degree Awarded

2021

Month Degree Awarded

May

First Advisor

Hilary Kornblith

Second Advisor

Christopher Meacham

Third Advisor

Sophie Horowitz

Fourth Advisor

Seth Cable

Subject Categories

Epistemology

Abstract

This dissertation concerns whether philosophy as a discipline can, and does, produce philosophical knowledge. Specifically, this dissertation concerns several prominent arguments for philosophical skepticism. Some support philosophical skepticism by arguing that the philosophical practice of appealing to intuitions to justify philosophical beliefs is illegitimate because either intuitions are not a legitimate kind of evidence or intuitions are an unreliable source of justification. Others argue that philosophical knowledge is untenable because philosophers rarely, if ever, resolve their philosophical disagreements despite spending their professional lives attempting to do so. In brief, the purpose of this dissertation is to defend philosophical knowledge from these arguments by showing that philosophical knowledge is not threatened by either intuition or disagreement skepticism.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7275/20201463.0

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