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On Skeptical Fideism In Montaigne's Apology For Raymond Sebond

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Largely due to Richard Popkin's influence, Montaigne's work benefits today on the one hand, from full acknowledgement of its philosophical status, and, on the other hand, from the acknowledgement of its full affiliation to the skeptical tradition. This latter acknowledgement imposes on the scholar interested in presenting an adequate appreciation of Montaigne's work the demand for rigorously approaching it to the logoi of Pyrrhonism. This chapter presents critical considerations about the status of the radical fideism of Montaigne, and about such an understanding of faith that no longer refers to adherence to a doctrinal body-even if through divine mediation-, but to a possible miraculous action of transformation of the Christian man, for which God only would be responsible. It formulates some observations about its articulation and operation in the Apology.

Keywords: Apology; Christian faith; Montaigne; Pyrrhonism; skeptical fideism



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