(Volume 2) Montaigne’s and Bayle’s Variations: The Philosophical Form of Scepticism in Politics, por Renato Lessa


It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Richard Popkin in any reassessment of the role of scepticism in the configuration of modern philosophy. The fecundity of Popkin’s enterprise may be detected in the vast proliferation of questions that he has prompted. In fact, when re-established as a major philosophy, queries about scepticism may arise that are conventionally applied to philosophical traditions whose relevance has always been acknowledged as undisputed. A far from exhaustive listing might well include queries about the morality of scepticism, its anthropology, its attitude towards science, the possibilities of a sceptical aesthetics and, for the purposes of these reflections, its modes of perceiving politics and social life.

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Cesar Kiraly

Professor de Estética e Teoria Política no Departamento de Ciência Política da Universidade Federal Fluminense.