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The Problem of Scepticism Name The Problem of Scepticism Bertrand Russell writes, “Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.” Scepticism refers to doubt; it occurs when a person questions anything that he hears or sees and does not believe it immediately.


This paper helps to provide an insight into the problem that doubting knowledge poses on the average human being and how to deal with the same by using postulated theories laid down by philosophers. The problem of scepticism may be divided into ‘what’ can be known by a person because every individual has a certain amount of knowledge about plenty of things and most people presume a great amount of things from the implications of the situation at hand. Some of these facts may seem to be so true to a person that anyone doubting them would be doing a very pointless job. For example, one writes with a pen on a paper; this is a very common aspect of daily living and it is not possible to be sceptic about such a statement because it is quite obvious that a pen is an instrument one uses to write on paper. However, it may so be understood that just because most people believe in a certain aspect of life, it may not actually be true. ...
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