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The History of Skepticism

In Search of Consistency


Renata Zieminska

This book reconstructs the history of skepticism ranging from ancient to contemporary times, from Pyrrho to Kripke. The main skeptical stances and the historical reconstruction of the concept of skepticism are connected with an analysis of their recurrent inconsistency. The author reveals that this inconsistency is not a logical contradiction but a pragmatic one. She shows that it is a contradiction between the content of the skeptical position and the implicit presumption of the act of its assertion. The thesis of global skepticism cannot be accepted as true without falling into the pragmatic inconsistency. The author explains, how skepticism was important for exposing the limits of human knowledge and inspired its development.

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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Ziemińska, Renata, author. Title: The history of skepticism : in search of consistency / Renata Ziemińska. Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2017. | Series: Polish contemporary philosophy and philosophical humanities, ISSN 2191-1878; Vol. 10 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016054394 | ISBN 9783631652275 Subjects: LCSH: Skepticism—History. Classification: LCC B837 .Z54 2017 | DDC 149/.7309—dc23 LC record available at

The translation of this work from Polish was funded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

This publication was financially supported by the University of Szczecin.

ISSN 2191-1878 ISBN 978-3-631-65227-5 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04808-7 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-71256-6 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-71257-3 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04808-7

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