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The History of Scepticism from Erasmus to Spinoza [Paperback]

Richard H Popkin
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Rev Ed edition (1 Oct 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520038762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520038769
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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One of the main avenues through which the sceptical views of antiquity entered late Renaissance thought was a central quarrel of the Reformation, the dispute over the proper standard of religious knowledge, or what was called 'the rule of faith'. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The deflowering of religion 18 Jan 2013
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Contemporary scepticism is a champion of reason and almost exclusively associated with disbelief. It has come a long way from the period from 1500 to 1675 covered by Richard H. Popkin in this excellent volume. Beginning with Erasmus and ending with Spinoza, this age saw a revival of Pyrrhonism that coincided with the religious turmoil of the Reformation. The resulting intellectual fireworks were to produce, according to Popkin, "one of the crucial forces in the formation of modern thought."

Popkin begins with the origins of philosophical scepticism in ancient Greece. The "Pyrrhonians proposed to suspend judgment on all questions on which there seemed to be conflicting evidence, including the question whether or not something could be known." Proceeding with caution is sensible advice in any age; doubting the possibility of knowledge itself is a far more radical position. Today, mounting a defence of our fundamental epistemic principles is the work of philosophy (see, for example, Michael Lynch's excellent In Praise of Reason). In the early days of the Reformation, theologians were at the forefront. When Martin Luther "set forth his new criterion of religious knowledge" (that what conscience is compelled to believe on reading scripture is true), Catholics were, for once, incredulous. They had their own criterion, which had served them (if not those heretics and infidels they persecuted) well for centuries. For them, religious truth was authorized by tradition, the pope and his councils.

Given the modern meaning of scepticism, Popkin's clarification of what terms like "scepticism" and "fideism" meant in Reformation Europe is important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual History of the First Rank. 16 Dec 2012
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A few words suffice. Read this; it is one of the great works of Intellectual History. Then read Popkin's final draft of the work - 'The History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET THE 2003 EDITION 24 Jun 2007
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This is a magnificent book - BUT BE SURE TO GET THE 2003 EDITION. That edition is sutitled "From Savonarola to Bayle. DO NOT BUY THE EDITION SUBTITLED "FROM ERASMUS TO SPINOZA" - that is an outdated edition - even though the Amazon listing gives no indication of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! A Crucial Work on the History of Western Thought 18 Mar 2002
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This little book tells the story of the most important turning point in the history of Western thinking. That it is full of surprises, shows how widely misunderstood is the subject it treats. One of the most important things it demonstrates, without necessarily meaning to, is how radical skepticism has historically been an ally, rather than an enemy, of religion, and an enemy, rather than an ally, of science.
Popkin is the undisputed master of this subject, and this book is filled with summaries and precious exerpts of works no longer accessible to most of us, and is worth buying for that reason alone.
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