## Transformative Experience in Skepticism : The External Standpoint and the Finitude of the Human Condition

2020
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
Philosophy ; 95 (2020), 4. - pp. 395-417. - Cambridge University Press. - ISSN 0031-8191. - eISSN 1469-817X
##### Abstract
According to its quietist readings, skepticism can be dissolved by demonstrating that the notion of ‘absolute objectivity’ is confused. The dissolution of this confusion is supposed to lead us to acquiesce in our finite and plain everyday life without being bothered anymore about the supposed need for objective knowledge. In contrast, I want to propose a transformative reading of skepticism according to which the philosophical practice of skepticism can be ‘epistemically transformative’. To this end, I will transpose L.A. Paul's notion of ‘epistemically transformative experience’ from decision theory to the realm of philosophical practice and argue that the modern skeptical problem of an external standpoint can evoke transformative experiences that lead to a new, albeit non-propositional, insight into the finitude of the human condition.
100 Philosophy
##### Cite This
ISO 690GUTSCHMIDT, Rico, 2020. Transformative Experience in Skepticism : The External Standpoint and the Finitude of the Human Condition. In: Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 95(4), pp. 395-417. ISSN 0031-8191. eISSN 1469-817X. Available under: doi: 10.1017/S0031819120000145
BibTex
@article{Gutschmidt2020-10Trans-51043,
year={2020},
doi={10.1017/S0031819120000145},
title={Transformative Experience in Skepticism : The External Standpoint and the Finitude of the Human Condition},
number={4},
volume={95},
issn={0031-8191},
journal={Philosophy},
pages={395--417},
author={Gutschmidt, Rico}
}

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