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Definition of Skepticism


  1. An undecided, inquiring state of mind; doubt; uncertainty.
  2. The doctrine that no fact or principle can be certainly known; the tenet that all knowledge is uncertain; Pyrrohonism; universal doubt; the position that no fact or truth, however worthy of confidence, can be established on philosophical grounds; critical investigation or inquiry, as opposed to the positive assumption or assertion of certain principles.
  3. A doubting of the truth of revelation, or a denial of the divine origin of the Christian religion, or of the being, perfections, or truth of God.

Skepticism Quotations

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.
Jean-Paul Sartre

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
George Santayana

On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
Adam Smith

Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding.

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
Thomas Huxley
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Skepticism Translations

skepticism in German is Skepsis
skepticism in Italian is scetticismo
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