Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2019

248 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781786941947

Bookseller Code (09)

The Skeptical Enlightenment

Doubt and Certainty in the Age of Reason

Edited by Jeffrey D. Burson and Anton M. Matytsin

Voltaire Foundation in association with Liverpool University Press

Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment

  • An exciting and fresh perspective on the enduring importance of Skepticism to the 'Age of Reason'
  • A compelling, multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading scholars that challenges our understanding of the eighteenth-century as simply an era of triumphant reason
  • An original captivating work that shows how pervasive doubt and lingering anxiety about the limits of human understanding were at the very heart of the early Enlightenment
  • This fascinating series of essays by an international array of historians and philosophers underscores the significance of lesser-known clergy and legal scholars (Claude Buffier, Pierre-Daniel Huet, and Georg Heber), and unseats regnant understandings of more well-known figures (Pierre Bayle, Voltaire, George Berkeley, Baron d'Holbach, and David Hume) by insisting that pervasive and enduring sceptical crisis was a vital and constructive part of the early Enlightenment
  • This book tellingly reveals how the seemingly boundless confidence of eighteenth-century figures in the transformative capacity of human understanding actually masked profound anxiety about the circumscribed limits of the mind's powers