Ideally, our account of knowledge would help us to understand the appeal of (and flaws in) skepticism,2 while remaining consistent with our ‘intuitions,’ and supporting epistemic principles that seem eminently plausible. Of course, we don’t always get what we want; we may not be able to move from intuitions and principles to an account that fully squares with them. As a last resort, we may have to move in the other direction, and give up intuitions or principles that are undermined by an otherwise compelling account of knowledge, so as to achieve ‘reflective equilibrium.’3 But last resorts come last.
Luper, S. (2003). Indiscernability skepticism. In Luper, S. (Eds.), The skeptics: Contemporary essays pp. 183-202. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.
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