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The Sceptics: Accepting What Is Natural

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096521
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833061 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195096525.003.0009
The Sceptics: Accepting What Is Natural

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Ancient sceptics, both Pyrrhonian and Academic, cannot appeal to nature as other philosophers do without falling into the commitment to beliefs that they seek to avoid. Nonetheless, they rely on nature in an undogmatic way as support for life and action, when argument on both sides of a case has produced suspension of judgement. Tensions arise when this undogmatic reliance takes the form of a structured theory, as in Sextus Empiricus.

Keywords: academics; nature; Pyrrhonians; Sceptics; Sextus Empiricus; suspension of judgement

Chapter.  8069 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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