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Lecture - December 5

Lecture - December 5 - Skepticism aka pyrrhonism Developed...

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History 121A December 5, 2006 Final next Wednesday 11:30-2:30pm All of the books will be included on the final The Pyrrhonist Conclusion: Montaigne This was a period of hardened decisions and dogmatic theology Growth of dogmatic theology and controversy There was a hardening of positions Religious life became more about defined ideologies Justus Lipsius: wanted to avoid conflict; great Protestant thinker of the time Edited the stoic text One of the books that he wrote was on constancy; everybody at that time was writing about constancy He was a theoretician on military reform and how it should be organized Neo-stoicism was spread; developing a constant personality despite the circumstances; developing inner peace To manage the passions in the midst of conflict and battle
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Unformatted text preview: Skepticism: aka pyrrhonism Developed by being skeptical about everything that leads conflict with another More of an essayist: he’s writing smiling; not the philosophical skeptic, but a moral skeptic Descartes starts with skepticism (“I think therefore I am”) He attacked dialectical philosophy (scholasticism – chalk logic) We can’t just our judgments; because of where we’re born, we have a set of ideas that we see as natural and correct The strangest of opinions can be seen through habit To follow another is to follow nothing Montaigne felt that what was destroying France was the conflict of people Education should stress limits to what we are allowed to know Knowing vs. not knowing...
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