What is skepticism?


Skepticism or scepticism (see spelling differences) is generally any questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere.

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Cartesian Doubt
... doubt is a form of methodological skepticism associated with the writings and methodology of René Descartes ... Cartesian doubt is also known as Cartesian skepticism, methodic doubt, methodological skepticism, or hyperbolic doubt ... Methodological skepticism is distinguished from philosophical skepticism in that methodological skepticism is an approach that subjects all knowledge claims to scrutiny with the goal of sorting ...
Michael Williams (philosopher)
... He is particularly well known for his work on philosophical skepticism ... what he calls a "theoretical diagnosis" of skepticism, according to which the soundness of skepticism presupposes a realist view of knowledge itself that is, skepticism ...
Stage Hypnosis - Skepticism
... For nineteen years I had believed in the sleeplike "hypnotic trance," practicing it constantly ... Though I had nagging doubts at times, I wanted to believe in it ...
Religious Skepticism
... Religious skepticism generally refers to doubting given religious beliefs or claims ... Historically, religious skepticism can be traced back to Socrates, who doubted many religious claims of the time ... Modern religious skepticism typically places more emphasis on scientific and historical methods or evidence, with Michael Shermer writing that it is a process for discovering the truth ...
Skeptic (disambiguation) - Also See
... Scientific Skepticism, a kind of skepticism in the context of science, a term introduced by Carl Sagan ... Meeting, an annual conference on science, skepticism, and critical thinking ...

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    No actual skeptic, so far as I know, has claimed to disbelieve in an objective world. Skepticism is not a denial of belief, but rather a denial of rational grounds for belief.
    William Pepperell Montague (1842–1910)