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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: e. Awareness of Sceptical Slippage

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44182


Sceptical slippage is the tendency to interpret uncertainty or agnosticism as grounds for denial, when it actually offers no more grounds for denial than for positive assertion. This occurs because a more troublesome two-shift process is needed to reach an agnostic approach, because of the pressure of group biases, and because of the culturally transmitted ontological obsession. Sceptical slippage results in flips substituting for reforms, failed revolutions, and fissiparousness in reform movements.

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