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The Christianization of Pyrrhonism : Scepticism and Faith in Pascal, Kierkegaard, and Shestov - Jose Raimundo Maia Neto

The Christianization of Pyrrhonism

Scepticism and Faith in Pascal, Kierkegaard, and Shestov

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1995
ISBN: 9780792333814
Number Of Pages: 158

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Augustine's christianization of Plato and Thomas Aquinas's of Aristotle provided the two main foundations of medieval Judeo- Christian philosophy. In The Christianization of Pyrrhonism, JosA(c) R. Maia Neto shows that Greek scepticism played a similar role in the development of a major strand of modern religious thought. From the Jansenist reaction of Molinism in the early 17th century to Shestov's resistance to the arrival of Kantian enlightenment in Russia in the late 19th century, Greek scepticism was reconstructed in terms of Christian doctrines and used against major secular philosophers who posed threats to religion. At the same time, the ancient sceptics' practical stance was attacked in order that it does not constitute a viable alternative to the modern secular philosophies. The resulting Christianized Pyrrhonism would be the basis for a genuine Christian or Biblical thought, for the first time emancipated from the rationalist assumptions and methods of Greek philosophy. The Christianization of Pyrrhonism is extremely valuable for those interested in the modern developments of ancient scepticism, in the relations between religious and philosophical ideas in modernity, and for scholars and the general public interested in Pascal, Kierkegaard and Shestov.

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`... this book is an excellent piece of scholarship, one which deserves to be read by anyone interested in the role of Greek philosophy in the development of either Christian or existential thinking.'
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Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Before the Christianization of Pyrrhonism: Jansenism faces Sceptical Fideismp. 1
Pascal's Christianization of Pyrrhonismp. 37
Kierkegaard's Christianization of Pyrrhonismp. 65
After the Christianization of Pyrrhonism: Shestov's Irrationalismp. 90
Conclusionp. 120
Appendixp. 129
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780792333814
ISBN-10: 0792333810
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives Inte
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: 31st July 1995
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.41

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