skepticism

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skep·ti·cism

noun \ˈskep-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

: an attitude of doubting the truth of something (such as a claim or statement)

Full Definition of SKEPTICISM

1
:  an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object
2
a :  the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain
b :  the method of suspended judgment, systematic doubt, or criticism characteristic of skeptics
3
:  doubt concerning basic religious principles (as immortality, providence, and revelation)

Examples of SKEPTICISM

  1. She regarded the researcher's claims with skepticism.
  2. It's good to maintain a healthy skepticism about fad diets.

First Known Use of SKEPTICISM

1646

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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skepticism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Philosophical doubting of knowledge claims in various areas. From ancient to modern times, skeptics have challenged accepted views in metaphysics, science, morals, and religion. Pyrrhon of Elis (c. 360–272 BC) sought mental peace by avoiding commitment to any particular view; his approach gave rise in the lst century BC to Pyrrhonism, proponents of which sought to achieve suspension of judgment by systematically opposing various knowledge claims. One of its later leaders, Sextus Empiricus (2nd or 3rd century AD), strove for a state of imperturbability. Modern skeptical philosophers include Michel de Montaigne, Pierre Bayle, and David Hume.

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