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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: e. Scepticism is not Selective

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44162


Scepticism must be unselective to operate as such, but the reverse assumption that it must be selective has operated in much philosophy, theology, politics and ordinary life. Selective scepticism is the effect of confirmation bias, but this should be addressed through an expectation of even-handedness in practice rather than entrenched through institutionalized acceptance. Sceptical argument used for the Middle Way is not itself selective, and does not ‘paradoxically’ exempt itself from uncertainty, because it is not externalized or representational.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'