The Skeptical Tradition Around 1800

Skepticism in Philosophy, Science, and Society

  • Johan van der Zande
  • Richard H. Popkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. French and Scottish Skepticism

  3. German Skepticism Up To Kant

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Manfred Kuehn
      Pages 81-100
    3. Rudolf A. Makkreel
      Pages 101-109
  4. German Skepticism After Kant

  5. Science and Skepticism

  6. Skepticism and Political Theories

  7. Skepticism and Social Issues

  8. Carl Friedrich Stäudlin in Context

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 385-468

About this book


In the early 1980s the late Charles B. Schmitt and I discussed the fact that so much new research and new interpretations were taking place concerning various areas of modem skepticism that we, as pioneers, ought to organize a conference where these new findings and outlooks could be presented and discussed. Charles and I had both visited the great library at Wolfenbiittel, and were most happy when the Herzog August Bibliothek agreed to host the first conference on the history of skepticism, in 1984 (published as Skepticism from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, ed. R. H. Popkin and Charles B. Schmitt [Wiesbaden, 1987, Wolfenbiitteler For­ schungen, vol. 35]) Charles and I projected a series of later conferences, the first of which would deal with skepticism and irreligion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Unfortunately, however, Charles died suddenly in 1986, while lecturing in Padua. Subsequent to his death Constance Blackwell, his companion of many years, established the Foundation for Intellectual History to support research and publica­ tion on topics in the history of ideas that continued Schmitt's interests. One of the first ventures was to arrange and fund the already planned conference on skepticism and irreligion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. After many difficulties and problems, the conference was sponsored and funded by the Foundation for Intel­ lectual History, one of its first public activities. It was held at the lovely facilities of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar in 1990.


David Hume Immanuel Kant Moral discourse enlightenment idea science

Editors and affiliations

  • Johan van der Zande
    • 1
  • Richard H. Popkin
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4946-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3465-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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