Review Questions For Rosenberg Pp 1 12
  1. Explain the difference between knowing how to do something and knowing that something is the case, as Skip lays it out. Additionally explain the difference between knowing that something is the case and merely believing that something is the case.

  2. Gemma asserts that we have knowledge of mathematical, scientific, and perceptual facts. Why does Skip think that we have no knowledge of mathematical facts? How does Gemma resolve their difference about mathematical facts?

  3. Skip’s doubts that perception can be a source of knowledge begin with his argument that the senses are unreliable. Summarize his case. How does Gemma address his worry about the senses?

  4. Skip responds to Gemma with an argument that trades on an example of Descartes concerning dreams. Explain this argument of Skip’s. Why does Gemma think that Skip’s version of the dream case is ultimately self-defeating?

  5. The next case taken up is the “brain in a vat” case. Explain this case and why Skip thinks it shows that we cannot have knowledge of our perceptual beliefs. How does Gemma reply to this case? Skip says her reply begs the question. Does it?

  6. Gemma distinguishes between logical, real, and practical possibility. What is the difference between these three types of possibility? Which one feeds into Gemma’s definition of ‘certainty’? How does her definition of ‘certainty’ differ from Skip’s definition of ‘certainty’
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