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Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia

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MAIA NETO, José R.. "The pyrrhonians' main forces" (La 131) and their appropriation by Huet. Kriterion [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0100-512X.

This paper has two sections. In the first one I examine Pascal's appropriation in La 131 of the Cartesian argument of the deceiver God. Pascal develops a skeptical reading of the argument in order to use it as a premise for his apologetic argument of true religion. In the second section I examine Huet's appropriation of this same Cartesian argument in his Philosophical Treatise on the Weakness of Human Understanding. Based on this work of Huet's and on his margin notes on Pascal's Thoughts, I show that his skeptical reading of the argument is derived from Pascal's, although Huet's and Pascal's goals are distinct: while the latter intends to provide an argument for the Fall of Man, the former intends to show the weakness of reason unassisted by supernatural faith.

Keywords : Deceiver God; Skepticism; Descartes; Pascal; Huet.

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