Guillon, J.B. (Jean-Baptiste). "The Evil Demon argument as based on closure plus meta-coherence". Synthese. 195, 2018, 4703 - 4731
Descartes’s Evil Demon argument has been the subject of many reconstructions in recent analytic debates. Some have proposed a reconstruction with a principle
of Infallibility, others with a principle of Closure of Knowledge, others with more
original principles. In this paper, I propose a new reconstruction, which relies on the
combination of two principles, namely the Meta-Coherence principle (defended by
Huemer) and the principle of Closure of Justification (best defended by Hawthorne).
I argue that the argument construed in this way is the best interpretation of what is
really at play in the Evil Demon intuition, and also that this argument is dialectically
much stronger than previous reconstructions. If this is right, then the “Closure plus
Meta-Coherence” argument is what anti-sceptics should really be attacking.