Skepticism in the Modern Age: Building on the Work of Richard Popkin ; [this Book Contains the Proceedings of the Conference "Skepticism from the Renasissance to the Enlightenment: a Conference in Memory of Richard H. Popkin (1923 - 2005)", Held at Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on 22 - 25 October 2007]

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José Raimundo Maia Neto, Gianni Paganini, John Christian Laursen
BRILL, 2009 - Philosophy - 389 pages
Since the publication of the first edition of Richard Popkin s classic The History of Scepticism in 1960, skepticism has been increasingly recognized as a major force in the development of early modern philosophy. This book provides a review of current scholarship and significant updated research on some of the main thinkers and issues related to the reappraisal of ancient skepticism in the modern age. Special attention is given to the nature, importance, and relation to religion of Montaigne s and Hume s skepticisms; to the various skeptical and non-skeptical sources of Cartesian doubt; to the skeptical and anti-skeptical impact of Cartesianism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and to philosophers who dealt with skeptical issues in the development of their own various intellectual interests.
 

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Contents

Richard Popkin and his History of Scepticism
15
The Rediscovery of Ancient
37
The Current Debate about Montaignes Skepticism
55
On Skeptical Fideism in Montaignes Apology
71
Montaignes Radical Skepticism
83
Skeptical Aspects of Francesco Guicciardinis Thought
107
Probability Certainty and Facts in Francis Bacons Natural
123
Skepticism and Cynicism in the Work of Pedro de Valencia
139
Notes
193
The Philosophical Form
211
The Sanches Case
249
Early German Reactions to Huets Censura
297
Acquired Skepticism in the Seventeenth Century
309
Skepticism and Religious Belief in A Treatise of Human
345
Criticism and Science in Hume
365
Index of Names
381

La Peyrère Geographer
159
Skepticism Belief and Justification
171

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Jos R. Maia Neto, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, Washington University, is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has published extensively on early modern skepticism including, with Richard Popkin, "Skepticism: an Anthology" (Prometheus, 2007). John Christian Laursen, Ph.D. (1985) in Political Science, The Johns Hopkins University, is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. He has published widely on skepticism, cynicism, cosmopolitanism, monarchism, and freedom of the press. Gianni Paganini, Professor of History of Philosophy at University of Piedmont (Italy) has widely published on the history of skepticism and libertinism, as well as on Hobbes and Gassendi. His most recent book is: "Skepsis. Le d bat des modernes sur le scepticisme" (Paris, Vrin, 2008).

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