Book to consider: Skepticism — From Antiquity to the Present

edited by Diego Machuca and Baron Reed

Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present is an authoritative and up-to-date survey of the entire history of skepticism. Divided chronologically into ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern and contemporary periods and featuring 50 specially-commissioned chapters from leading philosophers, this comprehensive volume is the first of its kind.

By exploring each of the distinct traditions and providing expert insights, this extensive reference work: 

– covers major thinkers such as Cicero, Descartes, Hume, Spinoza and Wittgenstein 
– acknowledges the influence of ancient skeptical traditions on later philosophy and explains why it is still a fertile topic of inquiry among today’s philosophers and historians of philosophy
– analyses various forms of skepticism including Pyrrhonian, religious, ethical and Neo-Pyrrhonian
– addresses issues in contemporary epistemology and indicates new directions of study

Skepticism, a driving force in the history of philosophy, remains at the centre of debates in ethics, philosophy of religion, epistemology and the philosophy of mind. Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present is an essential point of reference for any student, researcher or practitioner of philosophy, presenting a systematic and historical survey of this core philosophical topic.

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Published by Massimo

Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

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