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Does God Deceive Us? Skeptical Hypotheses In Late Medieval Epistemology

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This chapter examines some late medieval texts in which the possibility of divine deception was thoroughly discussed. It analyzes the theological background or the intriguing ethical issues, for instance the problem of moral responsibility. The chapter examines epistemological aspects of the complex debate because these aspects led to the rise of new types of skeptical questionsquestions that went far beyond the problems posed by Academic and Pyrrhonian skepticism. It shows that the scholastic debate was much more complex than it appears in the correspondence between Descartes and Mersenne.

Keywords: academic skepticism; Descartes; divine deception; medieval epistemology; Mersenne; moral responsibility; Pyrrhonian skepticism; skeptical hypotheses



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