The Lure Of Radical Skepticism Essay example

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In Michael Huemer’s essay, “The Lure of Radical Skepticism,” he expands on the idea that ‘we cannot know anything,’ by outlining four different arguments supporting the claim. (Huemer 47-57) René Descartes holds the opposite opinion, which he discusses in ‘Meditations One and Two.’ While there is validity to both sides of the argument, Huemer’s essay proves to be more reliable after dissecting Descartes’ concepts of existence.
Huemer proposes that no one can know anything about the external world, or anything that exists outside of the mind. It is impossible to be certain of how many fingers one has, or if surrounding objects are real or solely a mental representation. Every person, in the assumption there are multiple people in the external world, knows only of their own mind. There is no evidence that objects and people are real, because our minds are relying on our senses which, Huemer claims, are unreliable. (Huemer 47-57) “As an aside, notice that the skeptic does not say you only know what is going on in your head. He says you only know what is going on in your mind. “Heads,” just like fingers and books and brains, are objects in the alleged physical world of whose existence we can never be certain.” (Huemer 48)
Huemer dissects the concept of an external world in four different arguments. There is a possibility that he is simply a brain in a vat, and is being given oxygen and blood artificially, as well variables designed to give the illusion of a physical body and…

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