The Legacies of Richard Popkin (International Archives of by Jeremy D. Popkin

By Jeremy D. Popkin

Richard H. Popkin (1923-2005) remodeled the research of the background of philosophy within the moment half the 20 th century. His background of Scepticism and his many different courses established the centrality of the matter of skepticism within the improvement of recent idea, the intimate connections among philosophy and faith, and the significance of contacts among Jewish and Christian thinkers. during this quantity, students from around the globe verify Popkin’s contributions to the various fields within which he used to be . The Legacies of Richard Popkin presents a wide review of Popkin’s paintings and demonstrates the connections among the various issues he wrote approximately. A concluding article, via Popkin’s son Jeremy Popkin, attracts on inner most letters to supply an image of Popkin’s lifestyles and occupation in his personal phrases, revealing the richness of the files now available to students within the Richard Popkin papers on the William Andrews Clark Library in l. a..

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251. , p. 298. 36 Chapter 3 Even if Bayle was successful in tarnishing the hagiographical image of Spinoza deriving from his earliest biographers, his scrupulous historical investigations helped to build up a positive portrait of a man who led a commendably moral life, despite being (in Bayle’s view) an atheist. ” But this did not diminish his respect for Bayle’s scholarship. On the contrary, many of Dick’s productive lines of enquiry into Spinoza’s life and philosophy follow Baylean leads: the story of his encounter with Condé, for example, and Spinoza’s acquaintance Dr.

He responded that there was a conference in Israel recently taking up the subject. What didn’t he already know? In 2002–2003, I was at the dissertation stage of my studies at UCLA and was scheduled to teach an undergraduate seminar on the comparative history of skepticism in the spring term. It was also the year when I became one of Dick’s research assistants. During my tenure as his assistant from October of 2002 to October of 2004, we worked a few hours every week on an anthology of skeptical philosophy, which was a collaboration with José Maia Neto, or on the new book project: a history of the reception of Rabbi Isaac ben Abraham of Troki’s anti-Christian polemic, Chizzuk Emunah.

Broad, “History of Science Losing Its Science,” Science 207 (1980); Paul Wood, “Recent Trends in the History of Science: The Dehumanisation of History,” British Society for the History of Science Newsletter (September, 1980); Leonard G. Wilson, “Medical History without Medicine,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 35 (1980); Ronald L. Numbers, “The History of American Medicine: A Field in Ferment,” Reviews in American History 10 (1982): 245–264. 24 Chapter 2 What, one wonders, made Yates jump across accepted disciplinary boundaries and study a subject – namely magic and the occult – that was conspicuously not studied at the time precisely because it was deemed senseless and illogical?

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