Practical Skepticism

January 06, 2019

So much of philosophy feels almost purely academic: questions about whether we’re brains in a vat, or whether we were created a second ago (with the illusory memory of a long history). These questions are extremely interesting, and often beautiful, but they also tend to be irrelevant in day-to-day life.

On the other hand, an attitude of general skepticism is humble and relentlessly practical. What if I’m wrong? How will I know, and what will be the consequences?