Is global scepticism self-refuting?

Gallois A. (1993) Is global scepticism self-refuting?. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 71 1: 36-46. doi:10.1080/00048409312345032

Author Gallois A.
Title Is global scepticism self-refuting?
Journal name Australasian Journal of Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-6828
Publication date 1993-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00048409312345032
Volume 71
Issue 1
Start page 36
End page 46
Total pages 11
Subject 1211 Philosophy
Abstract My concern is with a version of scepticism which, following a number of philosophers, I will entitle global scepticism. According to global scepticism no one is to any degree justified in holding any belief. Global scepticism is a live option, and has at least one compelling argument in its favour1 Nevertheless, one's first reaction to global scepticism is likely to be that it is self-refuting. The issue I will be discussing here is whether global scepticism is self-refuting. In the first section I consider arguments to the conclusion that global scepticism is self-refuting, and argue that the global sceptic need take only one of them seriously. In the next I examine a global sceptic's reply to the argument in question, and a response to that reply available to the anti-sceptic. What emerges is an apparent impasse. The global sceptic has a response to each reply that the anti-sceptic makes in support of the anti-sceptic's original argument. However, it seems that the anti-sceptic is able to effectively reply to each of the global sceptic's responses. In the last section I develop an argument to show that global scepticism is self-refuting which breaks the deadlock between the global sceptic and anti-sceptic.
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