413. Don’t Be So Sure: French Skepticism

Posted on 29 January 2023

The sources and scope of the skepticism of Montaigne, Charron (pictured), and Sanches.

Further Reading

• P. Charron, De la Sagesse trois livres (Paris: 1986, based on 1604 edition).

• E. Limbrick (intro.), D.F.S. Thomson (ed. and trans.), Francisco Sanches: That Nothing is Known (Quod Nihil Scitur) (Cambridge: 1988).


• D. Caluori, “The Scepticism of Francisco Sanchez,” Archiv Für Geschichte Der Philosophie, 89 (2007), 30-46.

• J.D. Charron, The Wisdom of Pierre Charron: an Original and Orthodox Code of Morality (Chapel Hill: 1960).

• M.C. Horowitz, “Pierre Charron’s View of the Source of Wisdom,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 9 (1971), 443-57.

• J.R. Maia Neto, “Academic Skepticism in Early Modern Philosophy,” Journal of the History of Ideas 58 (1997), 199-220.

• J.R. Maia Neto and R.H. Popkin (eds), Scepticism in Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Thought (New York: 2004).

• J. Owen, The Skeptics of the French Renaissance (London: 1893).

• G. Paganini and J.R. Maia Neto (eds), Renaissance Scepticisms (Dordrecht: 2009).

• R. Popkin, The History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle (Oxford: 2003), revised version of The History of Scepticism from Erasmus to Descartes (Assen: 1960).

• J.B. Sabrié, De l’humanisme au rationalisme: Pierre Charron (1541-1603) (Paris: 1913).

• A. Soman, “Pierre Charron: a Revaluation,” Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 32  (1970), 57-79.


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