International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 173–180

The skeptic, the content externalist, and the theist

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11153-010-9261-6

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Howell, R. Int J Philos Relig (2011) 69: 173. doi:10.1007/s11153-010-9261-6
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Abstract

Some philosophers argue that content externalism can provide the foundations of an argument against the traditional epistemological skeptic. I maintain that if such an argument is available, it seems there is also an a priori argument against the possibility of a creationist god. My suspicion is that such a strong consequence is not desirable for the content-externalists, and that the availability of this argument therefore casts doubt on the anti-skeptical position. I argue that all content externalists should be troubled by this result, since even those philosophers who do not endorse the anti-skeptical strategy must either reject the possibility of a creationist god or admit that their thesis does not hold a priori for minds in general.

Keywords

Content externalismEpistemological skepticismTheismPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of language

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Dedman CollegeSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA