Renaissance Scepticisms / Edition 1

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Even if specific peces of research (on the sources or on individual authors, such as Pico, Agrippa, Erasmus, Montaigne, Sanchez etc.) have given and are still producing significant results on Renaissance scepticism, an overall synthesis comprising the entire period has not been achieved yet. No predetermined idea of that complex historical subject that is Renaissance scepticism underlies this book, and even less we want to sacrifice the complexity of movements, personalities, tendencies and interpretations to any sort of a priori unity of theme. We acknowledge unhesitatingly that we had always though of "scepticisms" in the plural, and believe that the different contexts (philosophical, religious, cultural) in which these forms grew up must also be taken into account.
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Gianni Paganini is currently Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Piedmont (Vercelli), he studied Bayle’s thought, history of modern scepticism, libertinism and Hobbes’s philosophy. Editor of: La filosofia della seconda metà del Novecento (Piccin/Vallardi 1998); The Return of Scepticism. From Hobbes and Descartes to Bayle (Kluwer, 2003). Author of: Pierre Bayle (La Nuova Italia, 1981), Theophrastus redivivus (with G. Canziani, La Nuova Italia, 2 vols., 1981-82), Les philosophies clandestines à l’âge classique (PUF 2005), –Skepsis. Le Débat des modernes sur le scepticisme (Vrin, forthcoming).

José R. Maia Neto received his MA in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1987, and his Ph.D in Philosophy from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1991. Currently he is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Author of Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian (Purdue U. P., 1994), The Christianization of Pyrrhonism (International Archives for Intellectual History, Kluwer, 1995), and co-editor, with Richard H. Popkin, of Skepticism: An Anthology (Prometheus, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Introduction Gianni Paganini Jose R. Maia Neto 1

Part I Before Reading Sextus

Renaissance Pyrrhonism: A Relative Phenomenon Emmanuel Naya 13

Self-Knowledge, Scepticism and the Quest for a New Method: Juan Luis Vives on Cognition and the Impossibility of Perfect Knowledge Lorenzo Casini 33

Part II Scepticism, Reformation and Counter-Reformation

The Issue of Reformation Scepticism Revisited: What Erasmus and Sebastian Castellio Did or Did Not Know Irena Backus 61

Tutius ignorare quam scire: Cornelius Agrippa and Scepticism Vittoria Perrone Compagni 91

Pedro de Valencia's Academica and Scepticism in Late Renaissance Spain John Christian Laursen 111

Part III Four Renaissance Sceptics

Inter Alias Philosophorum Gentium Sectas, Et Humani, Et Mites: Gianfrancesco Pico and the Sceptics Gian Mario Cao 125

Humanus Animus Nusquam Consistit: Doctor Sanchez's Diagnosis of the Incurable Human Unrest and Ignorance Agostino Lupoli 149

Montaigne and Plutarch: A Scepticism That Conquers the Mind Nicola Panichi 183

Charron's Academic Sceptical Wisdom Jose R. Maia Neto 213

Part IV Three Reactions to Scepticism

Giordano Bruno on Scepticism Tristan Dagron 231

The Sceptical Evaluation of Techne and Baconian Science Bernardo J. de Oliveira Jose R. Maia Neto 249

Tommaso Campanella: The Reappraisal and Refutation of Scepticism Gianni Paganini 275

Index of Names 305

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