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Academic Scepticism in the Development of Early Modern Philosophy

Editors: Smith, Plínio Junqueira, Charles, Sébastien (Eds.)

  • Is the first to provide a general assessment of Academic Scepticism in Early Modern Philosophy
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  • Brings together a group of international top scholars on Academic Scepticism and on Early Modern Philosophy
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This book explores how far some leading philosophers, from Montaigne to Hume, used Academic Scepticism to build their own brand of scepticism or took it as its main sceptical target. The book offers a detailed view of the main modern key figures, including Sanches, Charron, La Mothe Le Vayer, Bacon, Gassendi, Descartes, Malebranche, Pascal, Foucher, Huet, and Bayle. In addition, it provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of Academic Scepticism in Early Modern philosophy and a complete survey of the period. As a whole, the book offers a basis for a new, balanced assessment of the role played by scepticism in both its forms. Since Richard Popkin's works, there has been considerable interest in the role played by Pyrrhonian Scepticism in Early Modern Philosophy. Comparatively, Academic Scepticism was much neglected by scholars, despite some scattered important contributions. Furthermore, a general assessment of the presence of Academic Scepticism in Early Modern Philosophy is lacking. This book fills the void.

About the authors

Plínio Junqueira Smith is professor of History of Modern Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge at Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Brazil). He has published many books on the history of scepticism, as well as many papers on scepticism, history of modern philosophy, and analytical theory of knowledge (both in international journals and collective works, including Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century. Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklarüng, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013 (with Sébastien Charles). He translated Malebranches’s De la recherche de la vérité into Portuguese. Sébastien Charles is the Dean of Research and Creativity at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada). His research deals with the history of early modern philosophy, with particular emphases on Berkeley and modern scepticism. His recent publications include: Pour et contre le scepticisme. Théories et pratiques de l’antiquité aux Lumières, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2014 (with Gianni Paganini); Hume et la religion, Hildesheim, Georg Olms Verlag, 2013; Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century. Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklarüng, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013 (with Plinio Junqueira Smith); Descartes et ses critiques, Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2011 (with Syliane Malinowski-Charles).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Philosophy of Francisco Sanches: Academic Scepticism and Conjectural Empiricism

    Buccolini, Claudio

    Pages 1-23

  • La réception des Académiques dans les Essais: une manière voisine et inavouée de faire usage du doute sceptique

    Prat, Sébastien

    Pages 25-44

  • La sagesse de Pierre Charron et le scepticisme académique

    Bahr, Fernando

    Pages 45-64

  • La Mothe Le Vayer et l’Académie sceptique

    Giocanti, Sylvia

    Pages 65-80

  • Reading Scepticism Historically. Scepticism, Acatalepsia and the Fall of Adam in Francis Bacon

    Manzo, Silvia

    Pages 81-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Academic Scepticism in the Development of Early Modern Philosophy
Editors
  • Plínio Junqueira Smith
  • Sébastien Charles
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
221
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45424-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45424-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45422-1
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 386
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