Citation Millar A (2008) Disjunctivism and skepticism. In: Greco J (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 581-604. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-skepticism-9780195183214?cc=gb〈=en&
Abstract The paper explains what disjunctivism is and explores its implications for skepticism. Following an account of Paul Snowdon’s conception of a disjunctivist account of perceptual experience the the focus is on how disjunctivism has figured in the epistemological work of John McDowell. A conception of recognitional abilities is deployed to expand on McDowell’s position. Finally, there is consideration of whether McDowell offers a satisfactory response to skepticism, taking account of criticism’s made by Crispin Wright.
Keywords Disjunctivism; Skepticism; Perceptual experience; Perceptual knowledge; Paul Snowdon; John McDowell; Crispin Wright; Recognitional abilities; Perception (Philosophy); Knowledge, Theory of; Skepticism