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Are you a skeptic? Or do you just like to think of yourself as one?


Skepticism, in its original formulation in classical western philosophy, involved a refusal to adhere to any dogmatic assertions whatsoever. This epistemological agnosticism was so thorough as to include an inability to assert that one should not believe any dogmatic assertions. So skepticism was more of a mental attitude than a system of beliefs, for were it to be thus systematized, it would necessarily negate itself. To skeptics, a statement such as "There is no God" would have sounded horribly unskeptical. True skepticism is a Socratic-style sense of one's own ignorance. Are you a skeptic?

 

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