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Philo

Volume 14, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2011

Stephen J. Wykstra
Pages 85-100
DOI: 10.5840/Philo20111418

Facing MECCA
Ultimism, Religious Skepticism, and Schellenberg’s “Meta-Evidential Condition Constraining Assent”

Schellenberg’s Wisdom to Doubt uses a “meta-evidential condition constraining assent” that I dub MECCA. On MECCA, my total current evidence E may be good evidence for H, yet not justify my believing H, due to meta-evidential considerations giving me reason to doubt whether E is “representative” of the total evidence E* that exists. I argue that considerations of representativeness are implicit in judging that E is good evidence, rendering this description incoherent, and that Schellenberg’s specific meta-evidence has less trumping power than he thinks.