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- n. Variant of skepticism.
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- n. Alternative spelling of skepticism.
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- n. the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge
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THE SOPHISTS (_concluded_) _Nothing knowable -- The solitude of scepticism -- The lawlessness of scepticism -- The good in scepticism_
The term scepticism, in its primary signification, contains the idea of inquiring, of examining; and they give the name of _sceptics_ to the philosophers who declare that there is nothing to discover, and consequently nothing to examine, or to search for!
In Europe for example scepticism is wide spread and that's not for lack of means to buy one.
I never thought I'd see the day when I quoted anti-Castro poet Heberto Padilla, but as I grow older his corrosive scepticism is starting to make sense.
I understand what you mean about the academic drive for things to check out all the way down the line, and how the facts in your story depend on you, but my scepticism is directed at the degree to which control is possible or even necessary in fiction.
"The pro-GM lobby has done a fantastic job in persuading the media and politicians that even the most modest GM-scepticism is tantamount to extreme science-hating emotionalism," Jonathon Porritt has written.
After all, scientists are supposed to be sceptical, yet anyone who expresses scepticism is told by the chief UN tinpot alchemist to rub his face in asbestos.
The idea has elicited lukewarm support from Labor and scepticism from the Australian Medical Association.
Euro scepticism is now the default position of Conservatives but there is much in Conservative tradition to make this not the case.
As certainly for Hemans as for Byron, this debate about scepticism is an argument about history carried out in history.