In his book Ignorance, Peter Unger puts forward scenarios meant to illustrate the skeptical view of knowledge and why it is wrong to be certain. In my paper I will examine three sorts of these examples using tools of quantitative analysis: the Ink Bottle, the Voice, and the Scientist, taking each of these to be a typical example of a skeptical scenario. After presenting possible skeptical objections to this sort of analysis, I end by concluding that methods of quantitative analysis stand up to the sort of skepticism that Unger provides and that under most quantitative analysis provides us with a better tool for understanding skeptical scenarios than the skeptic’s dismissal of the possibility of knowledge.
"Quantifying Ignorance: A Quantitative Analysis of Skeptical Scenarios in Peter Unger’s ‘Ignorance’,"
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Vol. 3:
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