Can Modal Skepticism Defeat Humean Skepticism?

  • Peter HawkeEmail author
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 378)


My topic is moderate modal skepticism in the spirit of Peter van Inwagen. Here understood, this is a conservative version of modal empiricism that severely limits the extent to which an ordinary agent can reasonably believe “exotic” possibility claims. I offer a novel argument in support of this brand of skepticism: modal skepticism grounds an attractive (and novel) reply to Humean skepticism. Thus, I propose that modal skepticism be accepted on the basis of its theoretical utility as a tool for dissolving philosophical paradox.


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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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