The Return of Scepticism From Hobbes and Descartes to Bayle

Bibliographic Details
Other Authors: Paganini, Gianni (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: Dordrecht Springer Netherlands 2003, 2003
Edition:1st ed. 2003
Series:International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • 1. The English Context: From Hobbes to Locke
  • Hobbes among ancient and modern sceptics: phenomena and bodies
  • John Locke and the sceptics
  • ‘Conjecture’, ‘conceivability’, ‘existence’ between Henry More and Ralph Cudworth
  • 2. Descartes and his Context
  • Charron’s epoché and Descartes’ cogito: the sceptical base of Descartes’ refutation of scepticism
  • Scepticisme, tromperie et mensonge chez La Mothe Le Vayer et Descartes
  • 3. Post-Cartesian Ramifications
  • Against Descartes: Marten Schoock’s De Scepticismo
  • Huet, Malebranche and the birth of skepticism
  • Arnauld’s posthumous defense of the “philosophie humaine” against heretics and sceptics
  • Foucher and the dilemmas of representation: a ‘modern’ problem?
  • Scepticism and analysis: Villemandy as a critic of Descartes
  • Sceptical readings. of Cartesian evidence in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italy
  • 4. Politics and Religion
  • Scepticism at Port-Royal: the perversion of Pyrrhonian doubt
  • Sorbière’s scepticism: between naturalism and absolutism
  • Scepticism and the theory of toleration: human fallibility and ‘adiaphora’
  • 5. Scepticism and Sciences
  • Medicine and skepticism: Martín Martínez (1684–1734)
  • From Galileo to Vico. The uncertainty and arrogance of knowledge
  • Scepticism and semantic theory: from Locke to Du Marsais
  • Le vertige du pyrrhonisme: Hardouin face à l’histoire
  • 6. Bayle’s Age
  • Théories sceptiques de la politique: Montaigne et Bayle
  • Pierre Bayle on scepticism and “common notions”
  • Religious truth and freedom of conscience in Noodt and Barbeyrac: the confrontation with Bayle
  • 7. After Bayle: Scepticism and Anti-Scepticism
  • De la controverse anti-romaine à la théologie naturelle: parcours antisceptiques de Jean-Alphonse Turrettini.-Formey et Crousaz, ou comment fallait-il combattre le scepticisme?
  • Jean Meslier, le doute méthodique et le matérialisme