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The Politics of Skepticism, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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About this Course

This is a course about the history of Skepticism from the ancient Greeks to today, with special attention to the political ramifications of questioning man's ability to know the world and himself with any certainty. We will discuss the debates raging between Plato and the Sophists, the rise of Christianity in the Roman world, and the so-called 'Skeptical Crisis' of the Renaissance as well as Pierre Bayle's Skepticism and David Hume's. In addition the Natural Law tradition will be explored and the relationship between Skepticism and Conservatism. In the second part, we will explore the systematic relations between Skepticism and politics. What is skeptical doubt? When is doubt relevant? How does Skepticism relate to tolerance and to freedom of expression? And can it help us to solve political problems not only in a critical, but also in a creative way?...

Top reviews

By EC

Aug 27, 2017

Very good materials and quality videos. Great teachers. This course made me decide upon Erasmus as the university i want to study at, next year.

By JQ

Jun 04, 2017

Nice Course. Enjoyed the concepts. Thanks, sincerely

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By Trent Trepanier

Jun 02, 2018

Loved the lessons, structure, and the professors.

By Daniel Stamp

Mar 26, 2018

Great course, but I really disliked the course requirement to watch full-length films in order to progress with the assignments. The points being lectured were not complicated or detailed enough to warrant 2 hours of YouTube-styled films to demonstrate the issues being discussed in the courses.

By Joy Smith

Sep 05, 2017

pretty good class.

By Ellie Cercel

Aug 27, 2017

Very good materials and quality videos. Great teachers. This course made me decide upon Erasmus as the university i want to study at, next year.

By JOHN QUINCY

Jun 04, 2017

Nice Course. Enjoyed the concepts. Thanks, sincerely