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French Philosophy, 1572–1675
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French Philosophy, 1572–1675

Desmond M. Clarke


The Reformation and the religious wars of sixteenth-century France provided the conditions in which philosophers reflected anew on the source and limits of political authority, the categorical implications of divine commands, and the competing claims of religious faith and reason to decide a wide range of issues that ranged from astronomy to theories of human nature. While the revival of Pyrrhonism reduced expectations of realizing certainty when addressing such questions, the development of critical biblical studies also challenged the literal interpretations of the Bible on which earlier gen ... More

Keywords: Pyrrhonism, natural philosophy, hypothetical explanation, sexual equality, divine commands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749578
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Desmond M. Clarke, author
National University of Ireland, Cork