In defense of radical empiricism Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Riegel, Joseph Benjamin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
  • In this paper I evaluate arguments presented by Lawrence Bonjour, Christopher Peacocke, and George Bealer which purport to show that there as an indispensable theoretical need for a priori knowledge. Bonjour and Peacocke argue that views that deny a priori knowledge - which I call Radical Empiricist views - ultimately lead to radical forms of skepticism. Bealer argues that Radical Empiricism is incoherent in the sense that it is internally inconsistent. In this paper, I evaluate each of these arguments against Radical Empiricism and I attempt to show that each is unconvincing. The upshot of my discussion is that we have no compelling reason to posit a priori knowledge
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