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The specter of skepticism in the age of Enlightenment

Author: Anton M Matytsin
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
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The ancient Greek philosophy of Pyrrhonian skepticism spread across a wide spectrum of disciplines in the 1600s, casting a shadow over the European learned world. The early modern skeptics expressed doubt concerning the existence of an objective reality independent of human perception. They also questioned long-standing philosophical assumptions and, at times, undermined the foundations of political, moral, and  Read more...
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Matytsin, Anton M.
Specter of skepticism in the age of enlightenment.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2016
xi, 361 pages
2015047646.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anton M Matytsin
ISBN: 9781421420530 1421420538 1421420538
OCLC Number: 960048885
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The "age of reason" and the specter of skepticism --
The spectrum of anti-skepticism --
The walking ignorant: the skeptical "epidemic" in the eighteenth century --
Pierre Bayle-Bete Noire and the elusive skeptic --
The specter of Bayle returns to haunt France --
Secret skepticism: Huet's fideistic fumbles --
A new hope: the critics of Pyrrhonism strike back --
The Berlin compromise: mitigated skepticism and probability --
Disciplining doubt --
Matter over mind: dualism, materialism, and skepticism in eighteenth-century epistemology --
A matter of debate: conceptions of material substance in the "scientific revolution" --
War of the worlds: Cartesian vortices and Newtonian gravitation in eighteenth-century astronomy --
Historical Pyrrhonism and its discontents.
Responsibility: Anton M. Matytsin.

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