Lesson 1: Assignments and Readings

Reading Assignment

A Companion to Analytic Philosophy, pp. 1-5 Martinich; pp. 45-56 Sosa on Moore

Suggested Assignment

In his essay on G. E. Moore, Ernest Sosa asks: "If perceptual knowledge is thus mediate and inferential, what knowledge can qualify as immediate and foundational?" According to Sosa, Moore's answer to this question might be along the lines of the argument on p. 52 (of A Companion to Analytic Philosophy). Why does Sosa say that any proof of the reliability of the senses should not rely on an inference, even an implicit one? What is the significance of Sosa's distinction (on p. 49) between knowing that one is not dreaming and knowing how one knows that one is not dreaming?


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