The Context of Scepticism

  • Beverley C. Southgate
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idés book series (ARCH, volume 134)


If the political component of Blackloism may be interpreted as a Catholic bid for security at a time of unprecedented instability and flux, the philosophical and scientific aspects of White’s work may be seen as parallel and complementary quests for certainty in the wider context of intellectual chaos1 at the time. The intellectual uncertainty to which White was responding derived largely from two related factors — the revival of sceptical philosophy, and the challenge to traditional scholasticism. These two will be considered in Chapters 8 and 9 respectively, and will provide some parameters within which, in subsequent chapters, to discuss White’s work.


Christian Faith Natural Theologian Christian Theology Syllogistic Reasoning Sceptical Position 
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  • Beverley C. Southgate
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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