Title

Senior Philosophy Thesis Presentation: A pragmatic critique of skepticism

Date

5-26-2016 2:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 2:30 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Session Chair

Susan Daniel

Session Title

Daniel

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Susan Daniel

Abstract

Calling on Peirce and James, I will discuss the concept of practical consequences, as well as discuss the empiricist attitude of the method of pragmatism. I intend to show that I agree with James, while making the point that some fundamental philosophical concepts are not useful in this way. After an explanation of skepticism, I will attempt to critique skepticism through the eyes of a pragmatist. I will then put the concept of skepticism through this filter of practical consequences to determine if there is a pragmatic use to the concept.

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May 26th, 2:00 PM May 26th, 2:30 PM

Senior Philosophy Thesis Presentation: A pragmatic critique of skepticism

WUC Calapooia Room

Calling on Peirce and James, I will discuss the concept of practical consequences, as well as discuss the empiricist attitude of the method of pragmatism. I intend to show that I agree with James, while making the point that some fundamental philosophical concepts are not useful in this way. After an explanation of skepticism, I will attempt to critique skepticism through the eyes of a pragmatist. I will then put the concept of skepticism through this filter of practical consequences to determine if there is a pragmatic use to the concept.