Scepticism and Irreligion in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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Richard Henry Popkin, Arie Johan Vanderjagt
BRILL, 1993 - Religion - 374 pages
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This volume deals with scepticism and irreligion in the 17th and 18th century. The various contributions seek to clarify and to understand the challenges made then to both the framework of thinking about God and religion and the intellectual systems that had supported religious thinking. Ample attention is given to early modern interpretations of ancient Pyrrhonism and also to biblical criticism. Contributors include: Susanna Akerman, Silvia Berti, Constance Blackwell, Olivier Bloch, Harry M. Bracken, James E. Force, Alan Gabbey, Sarah Hutton, David S. Katz, Alan Charles Kors, Lothar Kreimendahl, Sylvia Murr, Ezequiel de Olaso, Richard Popkin, Theo Verbeek, Ernestine van der Wall, Richard A. Watson, and Ruth Whelan.
 

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Contents

Gassendis scepticism as a religious attitude
12
Descartes
31
logic vs biography
46
religion and ideology Notes on the political
59
scepticism and the Cambridge
71
The answer to scepticism of Queen Christinas
92
Edward
102
Orthodoxy and scepticism in the early Dutch
121
Scepticism and the Traite des trois imposteurs
216
Bayle and La Mothe
230
the case
254
Das Theodizeeproblem und Bayles fideistischer
267
Biblical interpretation Newton and English Deism
282
Scepticisme et religion dans la Reponse a un theologien
306
Diogenes Laertiuss Life ofPyrrho and the interpretation
324
Index of names
358

Skepticism and the problem of atheism in earlymodern
185

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About the author (1993)

Richard Popkin, Ph.D. Columbia 1950, is presently Professor Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis and Adjunct Professor History and Philosophy at UCLA. He has published nine books, including three with Brill: "Isaac La Peyrere, his Life, his Work, his Influence" (1987); "Millenarianism and Thought 1650-1800," (ed. 1988), "Menasseh ben Israel and his World" ed. with Y. Kaplan and H. Mechoulan, 1989) and "The Third Force in Seventeenth Century Philosophy." Arjo Vanderjagt (1948) is Associate Professor at the University of Groningen. He has published books on Anselm of Canterbury and on late-medieval and Renaissance intellectual history.

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