@Jenna: I think it's "Paul Kurtz", the American skeptic. I hope you didn't put "Kuntz" on your essay!
Some of my ideas/brainstorming:
- Perception: Kurtz says a skeptic asks for "adequate evidence", but what is adequacy anyway?
The ancient Greek Pyrrhonists (precursors to skeptics) doubted their own senses. They said that the truth cannot be extracted because we do not know if what we see is the actual reality. This later serves as the basis for Descartes' famous quote: ergo cogito sum. Perception ties in nicely with many of AOKs if used correctly. For sciences, we can see how observations may be correct/incorrect and skepticism may help filter out false (or at the least questionable) information.
Now consider the other side of the argument - can skeptics truly know anything if they are always doubting? Where do we draw the line?
- Language: Kurtz says a skeptic asks for clarity in language. We must question what "clarity" means as a skeptic.
- Reasoning: Closely related to axioms. Think of instances where the logic may be valid, but a knowledge claim needs to both valid and true. To what extent can we trust reasoning for knowledge anyway?
- Emotions/Intuition, faith and memory: Some may even argue that these aren't even WOKs. How would skeptics view intuition, etc. as a WOK? Does this expose a certain limitation/value?
Personally, I think Arts is a very difficult and unorthodox AOK to argue and evaluate the arguments for skepticism. However, it is an interesting AOK, and a really good argument can potentially be extracted. We first need to address what kinds of KIs can come from the Arts, and how this is conceived by the audience. I think the Maths would also be a slightly odd AOK to tackle for this question, because I don't see many arguments that can be made for/against skepticism in the Maths. (This may largely be due to my ignorance)
Natural sciences will most likely be a popular choice because there are so many instances where skepticism comes in handy in the natural sciences. Remember that this also comes at a certain cost. A similar argument can be made for human sciences. Also remember that natural and human sciences have different aims and purposes.
History is a nice AOK for most prompts as well. Many people contrast it with the natural sciences. No exceptions here.
Edited by by.andrew, Jan 27, 2014 - 21:33.