Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung

  • Sébastien Charles
  • Plínio J. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Early Eighteenth Century Scepticism: From Bayle to Fontenelle

  3. Enlightenment and Scepticism: From Shaftesbury to Enfield

  4. Lumières and Scepticism: From Boyer d’Argens to Brissot de Warville

About this book

Introduction

Often portrayed as a period bound by the dogma of slavish obedience to the diktats of reason and progress, the Age of Enlightenment is revealed by this profound analysis to have been riddled with skeptical attitudes and characters, even in the Enlightenment's most codified locations, such as Germany. Most philosophers of the period are still widely regarded today as having been dominated by a core triple nexus of optimism, dogmatism and rationalism, and despite a growing body of literature exploring the features of their work that could be regarded as informed by skepticism, this unrivaled survey points up the deficiencies of the former.

 

This volume, then, offers an exploration of the impact of skepticism in both its historic and geographic dimensions, providing readers with a reevaluation of the role played by skepticism itself. The detailed narrative covers every identifiable instance of skepticism in the Eighteenth Century, tracing its influence of thought on major British, French and German philosophers, and including lesser-known figures whose contemporary influence requires their inclusion in a comprehensive study such as this.

 

This volume, then, offers an exploration of the impact of skepticism in both its historic and geographic dimensions, providing readers with a reevaluation of the role played by skepticism itself. The detailed narrative covers every identifiable instance of skepticism in the Eighteenth Century, tracing its influen

ce of thought on major British, French and German philosophers, and including lesser-known figures whose contemporary influence requires their inclusion in a comprehensive study such as this.

Keywords

Enlightenment Moral scepticism Pyrrhonism Religious scepticism age of reason

Editors and affiliations

  • Sébastien Charles
    • 1
  • Plínio J. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Université de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2., Departamento de FilosofiaUniversidade Federal de são PauloGuarulhosBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4810-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4809-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4810-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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