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XIV the steadiness of a philosophical building will rely not just upon the solidity of the blocks, of the pillars and architraves that make it up, but in addition upon the best way these kinds of elements are hooked up. in fact, it is going to now not be attainable to argue for each unmarried a part of a philosophical development: to take action may suggest to embark in a nearly never-ending firm. therefore, a number of the components of a philosophical construction should be taken from the literature at the topic as 'ready made' or 'semi-finished' components, whereas others can be argued for during construction. this can be what occurred in my paintings too. sometimes (for in­ stance, when it comes to epistemic relativism), my drawback was once to demonstrate theses which i thought to be sufficiently consolidated, instead of to ar­ gue for them. In different situations - the place i used to be at once engaged in construction the speculation that i need to fonnulate - I did precisely the contrary. this is often what i've got attempted to accomplish, for instance, for these right architraves of my development, viz. the relationship among scepticism and metaphysi­ cal realism. and the thesis of the nonnative worth of the elemental epistemological notions (truth, objectivity, and rationality).

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