Scepticism is a subject which has preoccupied philosophers for two thousand years. This book presents an historical perspective on scepticism by considering contrasting views, such as those of Sextus Empiricus, Descartes and Hume, on why scepticism is important.
With its historical perspective and analysis of contemporary discussions, Scepticism provides a broad focus on the subject, differing from other discussions of the topic in the importance it attaches to scepticism both in Greek thought and in pre-twentieth century views generally.
`Hookway has written an interesting and important book. It is interesting because it casts the challenge of skepticism in a new light through relating to rational autonomy. It is an important book because it is free of glibness in recognising the full force of sceptical challenge.' - Robert J. Fogelin, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
`In his clearly written, carefully signposted study, Christopher Hookway canvasses the history of scepticism, and offers his own view of how we should respond.' - A.C. Grayling, TLS