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Skepticism
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1. Revival of ancient skepticism

Skepticism is the philosophical position that raises doubts about knowledge claims, and asks what people are capable of discerning and knowing (Epistemology). It originated as a philosophical school during the Hellenistic period, when its key exponents included Carneades (2nd century bce), who espoused academic skepticism, and Pyrrho of Elis (3rd century bce), the founder of a more radical tendency that c…

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Maia Neto, José Raimundo, “Skepticism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027572>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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