Date of Award

5-19-2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Chauncey Maher

Language

English

Abstract

In Unnatural Doubts, Michael Williams aims to defeat Cartesian skepticism. This thesis defends Williams' anti-skeptical conclusion, which is the product of what he calls a "theoretical diagnosis" of skepticism, against an important criticism developed by Stephen Jacobson. Besides the conclusion, it is divided into three parts. The first part presents Williams theoretical diagnosis; the second part formulates Jacobson's objection to it; the third part deflects the objection.

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