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Pyrrhonism and Protagoreanism

Pyrrhonism and Protagoreanism Catching Sextus Out? Verity Harte, Melissa Lane King’s College, London/King’s College, Cambridge Some Preliminaries This paper is about Pyrrhonism, an ancient form of scepticism, specifically the Pyrrhonism of Sextus Empiricus, mainly as expounded in his work Outlines of Pyrrhonism (= PH). Ancient scepticism differs from modern scepticism in ways which have been widely discussed. In one sense, it is more extreme. It aims at the eradication of belief, not merely knowledge. Scholars divide on the question of whether the Pyrrhonist seeks to eradicate all beliefs whatsoever or simply a subset of beliefs: as it might be, philosophical or scientific beliefs. We shall endeavour to remain neutral on this interpretative issue. Ancient scepticism is also widely, although not universally, held not to adopt the modern sceptical policy of insulating our ordinary, everyday beliefs and judgements from the effects of philosophical scepticism. On any view, ancient scepticism is advocated as a way of life, one of several ways of life competing in the Hellenistic philosophical market, offering a route to tranquillity and a cure for mental disturbance. The medical model is important to the Pyrrhonist’s self- understanding, for he sees himself as a therapist, as the close of the Outlines of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

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Catching Sextus Out? Verity Harte, Melissa Lane King’s College, London/King’s College, Cambridge Some Preliminaries This paper is about Pyrrhonism, an ancient form of scepticism, specifically the Pyrrhonism of Sextus Empiricus, mainly as expounded in his work Outlines of Pyrrhonism (= PH). Ancient scepticism differs from modern scepticism in ways which have been widely discussed. In one sense, it is more extreme. It aims at the eradication of belief, not merely knowledge. Scholars divide on the question of whether the Pyrrhonist seeks to eradicate all beliefs whatsoever or simply a subset of beliefs: as it might be, philosophical or scientific beliefs. We shall endeavour to remain neutral on this interpretative issue. Ancient scepticism is also widely, although not universally, held not to adopt the modern sceptical policy of insulating our ordinary, everyday beliefs and judgements from the effects of philosophical scepticism. On any view, ancient scepticism is advocated as a way of life, one of several ways of life competing in the Hellenistic philosophical market, offering a route to tranquillity and a cure for mental disturbance. The medical model is important to the Pyrrhonist’s self- understanding, for he sees himself as a therapist, as the close of the Outlines of

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History of Philosophy and Logical AnalysisBrill

Published: Apr 5, 1999

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