Gassendi’s Attack on Dogmatic Science

  • José R. Maia Neto
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The examination of Gassendi’s first work, The Paradoxical Exercises Against the Aristotelians, in particular its first book published in 1624, shows that it develops Charron’s view of dogmatic science as one of the four enemies of Academic skeptical wisdom. The support of philosophical freedom against the authority of Aristotle in the schools is based on the Academic skeptics’ concept of intellectual integrity, which is foundational in Charron’s conception of wisdom. Gassendi’s epistemological development of Charron’s skeptical wisdom is related to La Mothe Le Vayer’s mainly moral and religious development (examined in Chap. 4) and contrasted to Descartes’s (examined in Chap. 5).


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  • José R. Maia Neto
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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