The History of Skepticism

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Popkin’s History of Skepticism is one of those rare books that helps form your mind – if you call yourself a skeptic or a scientist, it will improve your ability to frame your understanding of doubt and knowledge. Before I’d read this book, I thought about science, religion, and philosophy as different aspects of philosophy; now I see them as opposed forces, variously enlisted by one political or religious cause or another – and like most natural forces, they are aloof from the conflict they are embroiled in. …

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Richard Popkin: The History of Skepticism - From Savonarola to Bayle, Revised Edition


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