Common Sense as Evidence: Against Revisionary Ontology and Skepticism”, in Peter French (ed.) Midwest Studies in Philosophy, vol. XXXII: ‘Truth and Its Deformities
- Kelly, Thomas
Abstract: Throughout the history of western philosophy, the Socratic injunction to ‘follow the argument where it leads’ has exerted a powerful attraction. But what is it, exactly, to follow the argument where it leads? I explore this intellectual ideal and offer a modest proposal as to how we should understand it. On my proposal, following the argument where it leaves involves a kind of modalized reasonableness. I then consider the relationship between the ideal and common sense or 'Moorean' responses to revisionary philosophical theorizing.