Renaissance Scepticisms

  • Gianni Paganini
  • José R. Maia Neto

Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 199)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Before Reading Sextus

  3. Scepticism, Reformation and Counter-Reformation

  4. Four Renaissance Sceptics

  5. Three Reactions to Scepticism

    1. Tristan Dagron
      Pages 231-248
    2. Bernardo J. de Oliveira, José R. Maia Neto
      Pages 249-273
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-313

About this book


Even if specific pieces of research (on the sources or on individual authors, such as Pico, Agrippa, Erasmus, Montaigne, Sanches etc.) have given and are still producing significant results on Renaissance scepticism, an overall synthesis comprising the entire period has not been achieved yet. No predetermined idea of that complex historical subject that is Renaissance scepticism underlies this book, and even less we want to sacrifice the complexity of movements, personalities, tendencies and interpretations to any sort of a priori unity of theme. We acknowledge unhesitatingly that we had always thought of "scepticisms" in the plural, and believe that the different contexts (philosophical, religious, cultural) in which these forms grew up must also be taken into account. Furthermore, given the transversal nature and provocative character of the sceptical challenge, this book contains essays also on philosophers who, without being sceptics and sometimes engaged in fighting scepticism, nevertheless took up its challenge.

The main authors considered in this book are: Vives, Castellio, Agrippa, Pedro de Valencia, Pico, Sanchez, Montaigne, Charron, Bruno, Bacon, and Campanella. The various essays in the book show the relevance of the philosophical thought of authors little known by the general public and put in new perspective important aspects of the thought of some of the great thinkers of the Renaissance.


Renaissance Philosophy cognition interpret issue philosophy scepticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gianni Paganini
    • 1
  • José R. Maia Neto
    • 2
  1. 1.Università degli Studi del Piemonte OrientaleVercelliItaly
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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