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Richard Popkin And His History Of Scepticism

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The continuing evolution of The History of Scepticism is eloquent testimony to Richard Popkin's longlasting engagement with this subject. The changing contours of the book reflect the intellectual vitality that he retained throughout his life. The purposes of this chapter is threefold: (a) to bring to light a much neglected feature of the modern history of philosophy, (b) to examine the role played by modern Pyrrhonism in shaping some of the major anti-Sceptical philosophies such as those of Descartes and Berkeley, and (c) to discover the historical antecedents of the sceptical philosophy of David Hume. Popkin continues to publish articles on aspects of skepticism throughout the remaining four decades of his career, and he made two major revisions of The History of Scepticism in 1979 and 2003. A number of his essays on the subject were collected in the volume The High Road to Pyrrhonism in 1979.

Keywords: modern Pyrrhonism; Richard Popkin; The History of Scepticism



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