The skeptic, the content externalist, and the theist
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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.
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- The skeptic, the content externalist, and the theist
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Volume 69, Issue 3 , pp 173-180
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- Content externalism
- Epistemological skepticism
- Philosophy of mind
- Philosophy of language
- Robert Howell (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750142, Dallas, TX, 75275-0142, USA