Unpublished Papers «Previous

How You Know You Are Not a Brain In a Vat (7/3/13)

Alexander Jackson, Boise State University

Abstract

A sensible epistemologist may not see how she could know that she is not a Brain In a Vat (BIV); but she doesn’t panic. She endorses her empirical beliefs, and as that requires, believes that she is not a BIV. (She does not inferentially base her belief that she is not a BIV on her empirical knowledge—she rejects that ‘Moorean’ response to skepticism.) I propose that she thereby knows that she is not a BIV. I flesh out the proposal, drawing on the empirical literature on metacognition, and explain why it satisfactorily resolves the skeptical puzzle.

Suggested Citation

Alexander Jackson. 2013. "How You Know You Are Not a Brain In a Vat (7/3/13)" The SelectedWorks of Alexander Jackson
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alexander_jackson/15