Jim Slagle’s Epistemological Skyhook, Part 2: Skepticism, Theism, Mind

September 12, 2017

In part 2 of this interview with epistemologist Jim Slagle, we continue to discuss his Epistemological Skyhook: the argument that naturalism and determinism are epistemically self-defeating. Whereas for the first part we focused on the work of Alvin Plantinga, this time we take a broader view and discuss the roles of theism, mind, and the Agrippan trilemma in the argument; Thomas Nagel's version of the argument; the possibility of biting the skeptical bullet; an existentialist approach to skepticism; broadly "continental" versions of the argument; where the name "Skyhook" came from; and Slagle's own history with theism, Christianity, and religious experience.

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The Epistemological Skyhook: Determinism, Naturalism, and Self-Defeat by Jim Slagle

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