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Huet, Pierre-Daniel (1630–1721)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA042-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Huet was a French Catholic bishop who wrote important works in theology, philology and literary criticism. In philosophy, he defended an apologetic interpretation of scepticism and opposed Cartesianism, which he thought to be a fanatical form of rationalism. For Huet, faith must guide reason since only the former, received from God, can provide absolute certainty, whereas human knowledge is inevitably fallible. A moderate scepticism is therefore the most appropriate attitude for a philosopher, since it tempers the ambitious claims of reason and extricates the mind from prejudices and false certainties, thus preparing it to receive the divine gift of faith.

Citing this article:
Floridi, Luciano. Huet, Pierre-Daniel (1630–1721), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA042-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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