The dogmatist, Moore's proof and transmission failure

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Abstract

According to Jim Pryor’s dogmatism, if you have an experience as if P, you acquire immediate prima facie justification for believing P. Pryor contends that dogmatism validates Moore’s infamous proof of a material world. Against Pryor, I argue that if dogmatism is true, Moore’s proof turns out to be non-transmissive of justification according to one of the senses of non-transmissivity defined by Crispin Wright. This type of non-transmissivity doesn’t deprive dogmatism of its apparent antisceptical bite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-389
Number of pages8
JournalAnalysis
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • dogmatism
  • Moore's proof
  • immediate justification
  • direct justification
  • transmission failure
  • perceptual scepticism
  • Jim Pryor
  • Crispin Wright

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