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Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung

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

  • First comprehensive book on the topic of the presence of scepticism in the Enlightenment by best experts in the field
  • Provides both a new, alternative conception of the Enlightenment and a detailed account of scepticism in all its forms in the Eighteenth Century
  • Wide coverage, from the very beginning of Enlightenment till its impact on the Nineteenth Century philosophy, as well as British, French, and German philosophy
  • Contains information on less known philosophers who are very important to the complete and proper picture of the topic   ​
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The Age of Enlightenment has often been portrayed as a dogmatic period on account of the veritable worship of reason and progress that characterized Eighteenth Century thinkers. Even today the philosophes are considered to have been completely dominated in their thinking by an optimism that leads to dogmatism and ultimately rationalism. However, on closer inspection, such a conception seems untenable, not only after careful study of the impact of scepticism on numerous intellectual domains in the period, but also as a result of a better understanding of the character of the Enlightenment. As Giorgio Tonelli has rightly observed: “the Enlightenment was indeed the Age of Reason but one of the main tasks assigned to reason in that age was to set its own boundaries.” Thus, given the growing number of works devoted to the scepticism of Enlightenment thinkers, historians of philosophy have become increasingly aware of the role played by scepticism in the Eighteenth Century, even in those places once thought to be most given to dogmatism, especially Germany. Nevertheless, the deficiencies of current studies of Enlightenment scepticism are undeniable. In taking up this question in particular, the present volume, which is entirely devoted to the scepticism of the Enlightenment in both its historical and geographical dimensions, seeks to provide readers with a revaluation of the alleged decline of scepticism. At the same time it attempts to resituate the Pyrrhonian heritage within its larger context and to recapture the fundamental issues at stake. The aim is to construct an alternative conception of Enlightenment philosophy, by means of philosophical modernity itself, whose initial stages can be found herein. ​

About the authors

Sébastien Charles is full Professor of History of Philosophy at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), where he is the director of the Laboratoire de recherche sur la pensée moderne. He has published numerous books and articles on early modern French philosophers, from Descartes to Fouchet and Huet, on Berkeley and the French Enlightenment, and on the history of scepticism. Plínio Junqueira Smith is professor at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil. He was educadet at Universidade de São Paulo, was head of the Graduate Programm at the Universidade São Judas Tadeu, and a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford. He has published works on Hume, modern philosophy from Montaigne to Kant, contemporary scepticism and the history of scepticism.

Reviews

“This volume is another instance of the enduring influence of Richard Popkin’s pioneering work on the history of modern skepticism. … the volume as a whole is a welcome addition to the literature on modern skepticism. … The present collection is clear proof that scholarship on the history and philosophical significance of modern skepticism is as vigorous as ever.” (Diego E. Machuca, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 53 (3), July, 2015)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction: What Is Enlightenment Scepticism? A Critical Rereading of Richard Popkin

    Charles, Sébastien

    Pages 1-15

  • Bayle and Pyrrhonism: Antinomy, Method, and History

    Smith, Plínio J.

    Pages 19-30

  • Fideism, Scepticism, or Free-Thought? The Dispute Between Lamy and Saint-Laurens over Metaphysical Knowledge

    Malinowski-Charles, Syliane

    Pages 31-43

  • Leibniz’s Anti-scepticism

    Pelletier, Arnaud

    Pages 45-61

  • The Protestant Critics of Bayle at the Dawn of the Enlightenment

    Matytsin, Anton

    Pages 63-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung
Editors
  • Sébastien Charles
  • Plínio J. Smith
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
210
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4810-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4810-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4809-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9699-7
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 381
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