How To Use Scepticism In A Sentence

  • Scepticism failed to save her from scenting danger in the ardent courtship of a rich young Philadelphian.
  • Britain has an age-old tradition of Euro scepticism that goes back to well before the Second World War.
  • It is not the reality of scepticism or of truth dissolving relativism, but the claim to truth of all formal argument that is affected.
  • Nothing short of substantive and meaningful improvement in the material well being of ordinary South Africans will overturn this tide of distrust and scepticism.
  • For many on the right in the UK, Atlanticism has become synonymous with a self-defeating, virulent Euroscepticism that is bad for Britain. Labour: UK should integrate key defence decisions with Europe
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  • Today such sentiments tend to be treated with scepticism, if not depicted as elitist.
  • A similar test involving email yielded the same result, although the researchers' limited pool of testees - 63 for the phone and 50 for the email - coupled to the fact that only nine subjects were filmed across the two tests, prompted "some scepticism". Thoughts are things (thoughts have wings).
  • It is a spiritual ingredient, composed, when one comes to analyse it, of two chemical elements; of what might be called aesthetic egoism and of what we know as philosophic scepticism. Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations
  • There may be some sound reasons for the scepticism about green initiatives. Times, Sunday Times
  • I was so hurt by her coldness and scepticism that tears rose to my eyes.
  • They have joined the great army of moderns who view the land above the sacred / secular divide with scepticism.
  • This is the source of scepticism about other minds: how, given that the argument from analogy does not work, can I claim to be justified in believing that there are any minds other than my own in the universe?
  • There was also scepticism at the preelection giveaways that started to trickle out at party conference time. Times, Sunday Times
  • Even at the time this pledge was made, the reaction was one of scepticism and incredulity.
  • I regard their press releases with a degree of scepticism.
  • There was widespread stockmarket scepticism that the demerger would succeed in increasing the value to shareholders.
  • And there is a kind of sacredness attached to the memory of the great and the good, which seems to bid us repulse the scepticism which would allegorize their existence into a pleasing apologue, and measure the giants of intellect by an homaeopathic dynameter. The Odyssey of Homer
  • A rather extreme binarism is thus established, in which the reader is pushed between an absolute trust in fiction’s form-making power, and an absolute scepticism of it. 2009 May 22 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS
  • Such claims should be regarded with a certain amount of scepticism.
  • Despite scepticism, founder Trent Huang was nonsensical and confident about his company.
  • These East Africans have a healthy, smart, informed scepticism and the media manages to remain admirably po-faced when dealing with delicate political issues.
  • In fact, Sanskrit and Pali have a larger literature in defence of atheism, agnosticism and theological scepticism than exists in any other classical language.
  • He already had his critics but the scepticism now permeates the public as it has not done before.
  • Irish financials have seriously underperformed due to ingrained scepticism on the part of some international investors about the Irish economy's ability to avoid a crash.
  • Despite scepticism, founder Trent Huang was no - nonsensical and confident about his company.
  • Scepticism about literary language, however, was not only the province of those opposed in some absolutist sense to literary practices.
  • My initial scepticism was replaced with respectful admiration.
  • The assumption that the Windsor matriarch, alone of her tribe, offered a symbol impervious to scepticism, reproach, censure, even simple boredom, has been dispelled.
  • He expressed a great deal of scepticism about the value of psychoanalysis.
  • But scepticism persists about whether the deal will hold, amid concerns that no effective mechanism exists to police the cut. Times, Sunday Times
  • It seems a pretty harmless form of entertainment that may even encourage a healthy scepticism in its audience.
  • The problem is, however, that such radical scepticism involves a performative contradiction.
  • There has been a great deal of scepticism about how genuine this miraculous transformation can be. Times, Sunday Times
  • There was a public scepticism about getting involved abroad. Times, Sunday Times
  • No doubt the debacle will confirm them in their scepticism.
  • Many Danes have a deeply ingrained scepticism about the European Union, seen as the bureaucratic and inefficient blueprint for a European superstate.
  • In the case of giant noctule bats, it was for sure the description by Ibañez et al. (2001) of a so far totally unrecognized, outstanding predator-prey relationship that triggered so much initial scepticism. Archive 2007-02-01
  • There will also be justified scepticism about whether aviation capacity in Britain will significantly increase. Times, Sunday Times
  • Take a healthy degree of scepticism with you if you're shopping this weekend, ignore the pre-sale price on 'was £xx, now £xx' discounts and make your decision to buy based solely on what you'll pay now.
  • He is a sceptic but not a cynic, and he finds much contentment in his scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • At most it counsels caution, prudence and a little more scepticism.
  • Just as individual impressions are corrigible, the system as a whole is fallible, and thus fallibility is at the heart of what Hume in the first Enquiry calls “mitigated scepticism.” David Hume
  • Some scepticism has been expressed by tenants as to whether independently judged rents will be significantly lower than those asked by brewers.
  • GWU students cheered the news of the Napster plan but expressed some scepticism.
  • The optimistic vision was presented at a council meeting last week, but some of its 43 measures were met with scepticism and labelled as over-optimistic.
  • But they are usually slightly different; I tended to err on the side of scepticism at the naturally enthusiastic claims of aircraft shot down. ONE HUNDRED DAYS
  • As a scientist, and as the leading theoretical biologist of our time, he had a healthy scepticism of theoreticians.
  • It was clear that the evidence would be met with a huge helping of scepticism in Washington.
  • Scepticism abounds, yet even the police agree there's something out there.
  • The avalanche of incredulity, ridicule and scepticism that greeted anyone who came out as a "tweeter" in those early days is hard to imagine now, five years on. Twitter's five-year evolution from ridicule to dissidents' tool
  • Scepticism and trust are not necessarily incompatible.
  • But scepticism persists about whether the deal will hold, amid concerns that no effective mechanism exists to police the cut. Times, Sunday Times
  • This is admirably described by Alphonse Daudet when he writes: "Bien vite, s'il s'agit de l'affreuse politique, nos qualités tournent au pire: l'enthousiasme devient hypocrisie; l'éloquence, faconde et boniment; le scepticisme léger, escroquerie; l'amour de ce qui brille, fureur du lucre et du luxe à tout prix; la sociabilité, le besoin de plaire, se font lâcheté, faiblesse, et palinodie. Political Parties; a Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy
  • The hype and fervor surrounding the event positively invited scepticism.
  • Despite her scepticism, she has nonetheless banished me to the camp-cot in the study so that my nocturnal hacking and spluttering won't interfere with her slumbers.
  • So you can imagine my initial scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • Camillo limited his reaction to a look combining reproach with scepticism. MURKY SHALLOWS
  • Public scepticism and opposition had to be overcome before the system could function effectively, he said.
  • In the face of the demands of the state for outward conformity, freedom can only be found by retreating into oneself, by taking refuge in a philosophy such as Stoicism, Epicureanism, or Scepticism.
  • Put very crudely, familiarity and success bred scepticism and contempt.
  • But they also show widespread scepticism about whether any politicians have the ability to get to grips with it. Times, Sunday Times
  • For anyone committed to human progress it is imperative to launch a counter-attack against growth scepticism.
  • His vaguely expressed initiative on nuclear weapons prompted scepticism in Moscow. Times, Sunday Times
  • This theory was initially received with great scepticism by her fellow scientists.
  • This theory was initially received with great scepticism by her fellow scientists.
  • If we took the loopiest, most moonbeam-addled Californian utopian internet bullshit, and held it up against the most cynical, realpolitik-inflected scepticism, the Californian bullshit would still be a better predictor of the future. Clay Shirky: 'Paywall will underperform – the numbers don't add up'
  • The general presumption in favour of the truth of belief serves to rescue us from a standard form of scepticism by showing why it is impossible for all our beliefs to be false together.
  • Modern scholars have treated the tradition with varying degrees of scepticism.
  • The theory has, however, been greeted with scepticism by several experts.
  • Doctors know that drug reps have an agenda and approach their advice with scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • The government may live to regret its recent dalliance with Euroscepticism if forces hostile to greater European integration unite to defeat the referendum on the Nice Treaty on May 31.
  • His vaguely expressed initiative on nuclear weapons prompted scepticism in Moscow. Times, Sunday Times
  • The company's environmental claims have been greeted/regarded/treated with scepticism by conservationists.
  • But he also has a healthy scepticism about the ability of theatre to capture hearts and minds. Times, Sunday Times
  • Philosophical miserableness, stoicism, nihilism and spiritual (not pragmatic) scepticism all lead to the view that only the imposition of order will suffice No wonder this the life hating, paranoid Nixonite figure of Gordon Brown appeals to every cowardly pessimistic fibre of the nation. The Pontiff Is In...
  • Of course if we are logicists and think that mathematics reduces to logic, and logic to the application of a single rule, then scepticism is appropriate.
  • Recent events have given a new edge to that scepticism.
  • He shared with his countrymen a scepticism about the way Britain worked and he was eager to expose its failings. Times, Sunday Times
  • Such scepticism seems especially relevant where suicidal terrorists are concerned.
  • Investors should treat them with considerable scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • Instead, they take up those weapons in the male armoury more befitting of their glabrous state: candour, bluntness, directness, scepticism. THE CALLIGRAPHER
  • Whence the force of the second ‘not’, which I take to be more than just the assertion of a pragmatic necessity in the teeth of radical scepticism.
  • Doctors know that drug reps have an agenda and approach their advice with scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • The laudatory nature of this article was treated with some scepticism by many of the residents.
  • Scepticism there may be, but the present situation is unsatisfactory and ineffective.
  • Such scepticism seems especially relevant where suicidal terrorists are concerned.
  • There has been a great deal of scepticism about how genuine this miraculous transformation can be. Times, Sunday Times
  • An inheritor of Marcel Duchamp's anarchic estate, he regards all forms of artistic orthodoxy with deep scepticism.
  • Such scepticism has been widely voiced in the public prints, and in our mailbag too, which expresses opinions ranging from the guardedly optimistic to the gloomy.
  • Indeed, its scepticism remains as great a tonic as its tremendous wit and energy. Times, Sunday Times
  • He said that despite his Euroscepticism, he was not in principle opposed to a constitutional treaty for the European Union.
  • The problem is to find a convincing argument for local ethical scepticism which has no expansionist tendencies.
  • Despite this scepticism about mobile apps there's better news for makers of smartphones and PDAs from the survey.
  • O'Neill - you will be aware that many ulster Tories share your scepticism about devolution - but it is here to stay. Twelve months on....
  • Some commentators have also expressed scepticism about the international courts, tribunals and committees which pronounce upon human rights.
  • The memory of the Holocaust ought to increase our scepticism about politicians: instead we have to suffer Tony Blair on the evening news employing his hammiest just-choking-back-the-tears voice to point the moral lessons he wants us to learn. Archive 2005-01-01
  • The unjustified scepticism towards the sector is reflected in the 20 % discount to net asset value. Times, Sunday Times
  • Indeed, its scepticism remains as great a tonic as its tremendous wit and energy. Times, Sunday Times
  • In fact, though the alarm has some basis in fact, it should be treated with scepticism.
  • There was considerable scepticism about the Chancellor's forecast of a booming economy.
  • In light of this, scepticism about the nationwide recovery story is not morosity, but a realistic view. Times, Sunday Times
  • She has a healthy scepticism towards the claims in the company's report.
  • coexistent with the excitement is plenty of well-earned scepticism
  • The stern and formulaic rules of American news reporting make scepticism difficult to express.
  • An inheritor of Marcel Duchamp's anarchic estate, he regards all forms of artistic orthodoxy with deep scepticism.
  • Doubt, scepticism and lack of ego can be the signs of a great leader. Times, Sunday Times
  • Davis was expressing scepticism as early as the Mistaken Identity public meeting in May (speeches available here), where he also displayed a commendable grasp of the database lash-up the Government currently presides over.
  • What unites them is a deep scepticism with the way that international markets and globalisation work.
  • Four years and over £10m worth of squashed fruit sales later, critics could be reviewing their scepticism.
  • The final compiler and editor, to whom we are indebted for the collection in its present form, undoubtedly found the sweeping scepticism of the poet Agur and the pious protestations of his anonymous adversary, the thesis and the antithesis, inextricably interwoven in the section now known as the thirtieth chapter. The Sceptics of the Old Testament: Job - Koheleth - Agur
  • Scepticism is all about matching belief to evidence.
  • And there is a kind of sacredness attached to the memory of the great and the good, which seems to bid us repulse the scepticism which would allegorize their existence into a pleasing apologue, and measure the giants of intellect by an homeopathic dynameter. The Iliad of Homer
  • It is arguable that one of the reasons why education in Wales has not im- proved as much over the last 20 years as it might have done, is because of an entrenched "conservatism" and scepticism towards innovation within much of the education system. WalesOnline - Home
  • Scepticism and trust are not necessarily incompatible.
  • But they are usually slightly different; I tended to err on the side of scepticism at the naturally enthusiastic claims of aircraft shot down. ONE HUNDRED DAYS
  • Was there initial scepticism about the potential benefits? Times, Sunday Times
  • The report was greeted with scepticism and fierce criticism, he said. Times, Sunday Times
  • And why - if they have actually talked to the police and prosecuting authorities - do they dismiss their ‘scepticism’ with such contumely?
  • In a world of relativism and scepticism, mercy seems a counterintuitive offer. Times, Sunday Times
  • Under varying names - emotivism, prescriptivism, constructivism, irrealism, quasi-realism, or expressivism - they have embraced some form of ethical subjectivism or scepticism. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Very remarkable; fittest, perhaps, for an age fallen languid, destitute of faith and terrified at scepticism.
  • In a world in which knowledge is power, whether we like it or not, thoroughgoing scepticism is not an option.
  • A government rejig, which saw the finance minister being replaced by Evangelos Venizelos, a man who until recently was Papandreou's greatest political rival, was welcomed with scepticism on Friday. Greek debt crisis: George Papandreou in emergency talks for more EU money
  • Nonetheless, the E . U . troika persevered, despite U.S. scepticism at their approach.
  • The hype and fervor surrounding the event positively invited scepticism.
  • Such is the scepticism with which many view the prospect.
  • Since no documentation is ever provided, this must be treated with scepticism.
  • The survey found open scepticism within trade and industry over the apprenticeship levy. Times, Sunday Times
  • The other is a weary scepticism that senior officials who have been charged with corruption will get away with it and avoid conviction. Times, Sunday Times
  • There will also be a great deal of scepticism, particularly from those sectors not selected for special treatment. Times, Sunday Times
  • Kaahumanu, abolished tabu, and his subjects cast away their idols, and fell into indifferent scepticism, the high priest Hewahewa being the first to light the iconoclastic torch, having previously given his opinion that there was only one great akua or spirit in lani, the heavens. The Hawaiian Archipelago
  • The problem is, however, that such radical scepticism involves a performative contradiction.
  • Of the others, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC look the more likely, the former in spite of chairman Sir George Mathewson's scepticism towards bancassurance.
  • By the early 1930s scepticism with liberal democracy was widespread.
  • In few democracies is government regarded with such suspicion and scepticism.
  • This kind of scepticism is basic to the English political tradition, whose truths force themselves upon all governments.
  • In fact one generally finds, when one scratches the surface, that behind all the empty hallelujahs and paeans to ‘the people’ lies a contempt for the working class and a deep scepticism in its ability to rise to its historical tasks.
  • From the perspective of Hobbes's critics the doctrines that lay at the heart of his atheism were materialism, necessitarianism, moral relativism and egoism, and scepticism concerning natural and revealed religion. Hume on Religion
  • Modern scholars have treated the tradition with varying degrees of scepticism.
  • Many locals expressed scepticism about the tall promises made at election time. Times, Sunday Times
  • In reality I knew the odds were long, and that my tendency towards scepticism would hold strong.
  • The other is a weary scepticism that senior officials who have been charged with corruption will get away with it and avoid conviction. Times, Sunday Times
  • It was met with widespread scepticism from across the party. Times, Sunday Times
  • Were anyone to make such claims nowadays, they would be treated with considerable reserve, not to say great scepticism.
  • This was greeted with widespread scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • His claims that he can devise and fund a workable plan have been greeted with some scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • The scepticism and sheer inhumanity of its tone cannot fail to anger you. Times, Sunday Times
  • It would be comforting to think he is playing no more than a game of bluff with the whisky companies, privately sharing their scepticism about strip stamps while forcing them to come up with a convincing alternative.
  • Against his mining record, scepticism about the sincerity of Reid's renewable energy embrace is perhaps not unwarranted.
  • He declined it on the score of being full, and that by Christmas the subject would be 'passé,' which it cannot be, for the subject, unhappily, is going on, and the problem won't be solved, this long while, at least, of 'Modern Scepticism and Modern Belief.' Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle
  • How strong is the scepticism which the argument from error would create if successful?
  • By and large, the papers greet the government's new policy document with a certain amount of scepticism.
  • In an age of deep scepticism about politicians and the financial influence of vested interests in the political process, it spells potential disaster. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the history of Western philosophy, David Hume is the chief representative of modern scepticism, and scepticism is the symbol of Hume's philosophy, which is based on empiricism.
  • The growth of scepticism about witchcraft was part and parcel of modern secularism.
  • Against his mining record, scepticism about the sincerity of Reid's renewable energy embrace is perhaps not unwarranted.
  • Upmarket, the Times and Telegraph are platforms for higher but no less destructive forms of scepticism.
  • The hype and fervour surrounding the event positively invited scepticism.
  • There is a lack of logic in certain passages which reveals a sense of scepticism towards determination.
  • They have joined the great army of moderns who view the land above the sacred / secular divide with scepticism.
  • But he also has a healthy scepticism about the ability of theatre to capture hearts and minds. Times, Sunday Times
  • In philosophical terms, deconstruction is a form of relativist scepticism in the tradition of Nietzsche.
  • “Hum,” I grunted, a considering sound, and read slowly through the German document a third time with his unverbalised but clearly expressed scepticism in mind. O Jerusalem
  • Recent events have given a new edge to that scepticism.
  • His intention to become ordained was thwarted when he was exposed as an agnostic and his religious scepticism caused suspicion in the university.
  • While there was scepticism about property funds, there was general initial hostility to the other new categories.
  • How many times have you read those words, which have become a flippant phrase which contains a hint of both the scepticism and implicit faith we have in science?
  • Scepticism has been the dominant epistemological problem in the modern era.
  • There may be considerable scepticism about Pascal's case for always wagering on the outsider if the odds are high enough.
  • The validation of subjectivity, leads towards scepticism, but not onto nihilism.
  • The audience at the launch of the report expressed scepticism. Times, Sunday Times
  • There is more to be said, particularly about the threats of relativism, nihilism, and scepticism, which still lurk.
  • I am sensible, that nothing can be more unphilosophical than to be positive or dogmatical on any subject; and that, even if excessive scepticism could be maintained, it would not be more destructive to all just reasoning and inquiry. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals
  • Pettigrew and colleagues weren’t the first to question bat monophyly: John E. Hill of the then British Museum (Natural History) had done this as early as 1976, Smith & Madkour (1980) argued that micro - and megabats were of separate origins, and Hill & Smith (1984), in one of the best and oft-cited overviews on bat evolution and biology, expressed scepticism of bat monophyly and a preference for megabat-primate affinities (p. 36). We flightless primates
  • Most people, particularly when frustrated, exhibit the symptoms of personality disorders - arrogance or scepticism, avoidance or emotionality. Times, Sunday Times
  • British scepticism about further defence integration is one reason it has not happened. Times, Sunday Times
  • Not all athletes deserve our scepticism, and the Essendon captain, particularly, does not deserve a genuine goodness to be blotted by one misdemeanour.
  • Instead, they take up those weapons in the male armoury more befitting of their glabrous state: candour, bluntness, directness, scepticism. THE CALLIGRAPHER
  • Wherever it flourished an undercurrent of scepticism was never far away.
  • Their initial scepticism over his appointment last week has been put aside. Times, Sunday Times
  • If all this scepticism about fiscal policy sounds radical, reset your expectations. The Times Literary Supplement
  • Or maybe my need to talk to him overrode my natural scepticism. TOY SHOP
  • This conservative, fallibilist position, which Hume calls mitigated scepticism, is the proper epistemic attitude for anyone “sensible of the strange infirmities of human understanding” David Hume
  • Their critical scepticismcannot prevent the theory and experience of spiritual energy from combining to warn us that WE HAVE REACHED A DECISIVE POINT IN HUMAN EVOLUTION, at which the only way forward is in the direction of a common passion~ a conspiration. 9/11 WAS A PLANETARY CALL TO UNITE OR PERISH
  • To return to the slave narratives, they are in themselves very revealing of the scepticism directed toward the literate slave both in their own time and in our histories of them.
  • The unjustified scepticism towards the sector is reflected in the 20 % discount to net asset value. Times, Sunday Times
  • Confidence in the market is coming back, until the last week there was some amount of scepticism, some amount of cautiousness which is starting to go away because people are getting optimistic about the second quarter results and about India's prospects. Moneycontrol Top Headlines
  • The ten heads overcame their scepticism of group therapy and now meet regularly to troubleshoot problems. Times, Sunday Times
  • German public scepticism about monetary union placed the German government in a strong position to negotiate the detail of monetary union.
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  • In completing my own offering on scepticism as a rhetorical-poetical "war of ideas," I turn to the close grappling between Byron and Hemans over the enthymeme, or rhetorical syllogism, which like the epideictic is a legacy of the classical Sophism. [ 'A darkling plain': Hemans, Byron and _The Sceptic; A Poem_
  • Petrarch, even more truly than with the kindly Boccaccio, that the purely literary life, and that dilettanteism, which is the twin sister of scepticism, began. Among My Books Second Series
  • He shared with his countrymen a scepticism about the way Britain worked and he was eager to expose its failings. Times, Sunday Times
  • Initial scepticism soon gave way to a giddy rise. Times, Sunday Times
  • From now on, any government urging military action for moral purpose will face hoots of derision and howls of scepticism.
  • Why not be more sceptical about your scepticism? Times, Sunday Times
  • The vendors are certain of its authenticity, for they have witnessed the signature in person, but to allay scepticism they often list the item with a photograph of the event.
  • Initial scepticism soon gave way to a giddy rise. Times, Sunday Times
  • And so, to distract from this pointless scepticism, I mention something cribbed from the Guardian.
  • In the history of Western philosophy, David Hume is the chief representative of modern scepticism, and scepticism is the symbol of Hume's philosophy, which is based on empiricism.

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