Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 41, No. 3, July 2004

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

American Philosophical Quarterly: Vol. 41, No. 3, July 2004

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On Being Simple Minded, PETER CARRUTHERS

Why Not to Trust Other Philosophers, CHARLES HUENEMANN

This article argues that in some cases we should not rely on the testimony of experts but instead should insist upon knowing things for ourselves. One such case is when we ourselves are experts; another such case is in matters of core philosophical beliefs. The first section sketches an account of what it is to know something for ourselves; the second section argues that there is a special, existential value in coming to philosophical beliefs through one's own cognitive resources ("epistemic authenticity"), a value which perhaps rivals the value of having true beliefs. The third section argues that the importance of epistemic authenticity in philosophy may well serve to demarcate philosophy from other disciplines.

Arguments Against Direct Realism and How to Counter Them, PIERRE LE MORVAN

Since the demise of the sense-datum theory and phenomenalism in the last century, direct realism in the philosophy of perception has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity. Although there have been attempts in the literature to refute some of the arguments against direct realism, there has been, as of yet, no systematic treatment of all eight of the main arguments against it. This paper aims to fill this lacuna in the literature by discussing all eight of these arguments and the argumentative strategies direct realists may deploy to counter them.

Immortality and Doomsday, ALASDAIR RICHMOND

Unapologetic Forgiveness, GLEN PETTIGROVE

"I accept your apology" and "I forgive you" often are used interchangeably, suggesting that, at least in some circumstances, forgiving and accepting an apology are coextensive. …

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