“Scepticism in Early Modern Times”
Professor Sébastien Charles
Université du Quebec à Trois-Rivières (Canada)
WHU Philosophy Fall Seminar Series
Friday 26 October 2018
Defining modern scepticism is in itself a challenge. In fact, there is no specific form of scepticism in Modern Times, but different scepticisms, which differ not only according to the antique current of which they are inspired but also according to their use by the Moderns. My intervention will therefore propose an interpretation of this ambiguous notion of modern scepticism by questioning it from a pluralist approach in order to challenge Richard H. Popkin's univocal reading of it, and also by grasping the elements of continuity and rupture with ancient scepticism, which will lead us ultimately to evoke a mitigated scepticism, specific to the Enlightenment, which can still be useful today.
About the Speaker
Sébastien Charles, Vice-President of Research and Development at the Université du Quebec à Trois-Rivières (Canada), is a specialist of modern skepticism issues. His work has focused on two major themes: the resurgence of academic skepticism during the 17th and 18th centuries and the influence of skepticism on the Enlightenment, and on some outstanding figures of modern skepticism, notably Simon Foucher, Pierre-Daniel Huet and Voltaire.
When and Where
· When: 16:30-18:00
· Where: B214
Reading: S. Charles, Scepticism in Early Modern Times.docx