In this video Dan and I talk about different types of “skepticism.” We start by recapping the history of philosophical skepticism, moving on to the (by now) classical question: how do we know that we don’t live in the Matrix? We tackle what we call Descartes’ “quaint” rationalism and we talk about a new and rather counterintuitive take on the concept of causality. Toward the end, we ask whether we really need solutions to the challenge posed by (radical) skepticism, and comment on what we think is the skeptic’s fundamental mistake.
Massimo Pigliucci is a biologist and philosopher at the City University of New York. His main interests are in the philosophy of science and pseudoscience. He is the editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon, and his latest book (co-edited with Maarten Boudry) is Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (Chicago Press).
Daniel A. Kaufman is a professor of philosophy at Missouri State University and a graduate of the City University of New York. His interests include epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and social-political philosophy. His new blog is Apophenia.