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Popular culture today, and even scholarly culture, uses the terms "skeptical" and "skepticism" to mean any sort of doubt. This chapter begins with the point that scholarly understanding of ancient skepticism has improved greatly in the past thirty years. Many new studies have given a new appreciation of the meaning of the ancient thinkers who had such an important impact on Renaissance and Modern philosophy. The impact of the work of Richard Popkin on the recovery and development of skepticism from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century has been quite remarkable in the scholarship on early modern philosophy in Europe, North America, and South America. The chapter ends by discussing the papers of Richard Popkin that are organized in six thematic parts disposed thematically and chronologically.

Keywords: modern philosophy; Richard Popkin; skepticism



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