This event is part of the Philosophy Colloquium series.
The Enlightenment is often depicted as an "Age of Reason," during which thinkers overthrew the yokes of tradition and superstition to pave the way for rational views the world. Assistant Professor of History Anton Matytsin's "The Specter of Skepticism in the Age of Enlightenment" (JHUP, 2016) challenges such a teleological narrative and re-examines the origins of the Enlightenment's limited confidence in the powers of human reason.
Matytsin's book shows how philosophical skepticism forced eighteenth century thinkers to formulate new criteria of doubt and certainty in almost all areas of human knowledge, and it sheds light on the origin of our modern notions of common sense, reasonableness and probability.
During his presentation, he will talk about his book and discuss debates about the mind-body problem and about the nature of material substance. He will attempt to show how these disputes contributed to the emergence of epistemological modesty in the eighteenth century.
Tuesday, October 17 at 4:15pm
O'Connor Seminar Room