Academic Scepticism in the Development of Early Modern Philosophy

  • Plínio Junqueira Smith
  • Sébastien Charles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Sylvia Giocanti
    Pages 65-80
  3. Benjamin D. Hill
    Pages 103-124
  4. Richard Davies
    Pages 153-180
  5. Joël Boudreault, Sébastien Charles
    Pages 245-258
  6. Sébastien Charles
    Pages 259-274
  7. Michael W. Hickson
    Pages 293-317
  8. Plínio Junqueira Smith
    Pages 345-364
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 365-386

About this book


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.


Academic Scepticism Disagreement and Academic Skepticism Doubt and Belief Empiricism and Certainty Faith and Reason Mitigated Scepticism Moral Knowledge Probability and Knowledge Science and Cartesianism Suspension of Judgment

Editors and affiliations

  • Plínio Junqueira Smith
    • 1
  • Sébastien Charles
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de São PauloGuarulhosBrazil
  2. 2.Université du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-RivièresCanada

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