© 2011, Anthony Parisi
In his book Ignorance, Peter Unger puts forward scenarios meant to illustrate the skeptical view of knowledge and why it is wrong to be certain. In my paper I will examine three sorts of these examples using tools of quantitative analysis: the Ink Bottle, the Voice, and the Scientist, taking each of these to be a typical example of a skeptical scenario. After presenting possible skeptical objections to this sort of analysis, I end by concluding that methods of quantitative analysis stand up to the sort of skepticism that Unger provides and that under most quantitative analysis provides us with a better tool for understanding skeptical scenarios than the skeptic’s dismissal of the possibility of knowledge.
Parisi, Anthony (2011) "Quantifying Ignorance: A Quantitative Analysis of Skeptical Scenarios in Peter Unger’s 'Ignorance'," Res Cogitans: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 13.