Scepticism in Contemporary Philosophy

Dr Federico Luzzi

Thursday, November 22 2012 at 7:30PM

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Dr Federico Luzzi

What's the talk about?

The Moon orbits the Earth. Scotland shares a border with England. The most recent Olympics took place in London. Barack Obama hopes to win the 2012 U.S. election.

We all think we know these things. But in contemporary philosophy, there are some surprisingly powerful arguments according to which we know none of these things. If these arguments are correct, then we grossly overestimate how much we know.

Are these sceptical arguments correct? Must we respond to them in order to take ourselves to know what we think we know? Is scepticism—the view that we know much less than we think we do—the right view to hold?

Federico Luzzi is Outreach & Knowledge Transfer Officer at the University of Aberdeen. His interests lie in the theory of knowledge, philosophy with children and, more generally, in making philosophy accessible to wider audiences.