Historical Reflections on Classical Pyrrhonism and Neo‐Pyrrhonism

Gisela Striker

in Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169720
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786343 | DOI:
 Historical Reflections on Classical Pyrrhonism and Neo‐Pyrrhonism

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This essay argues that ancient Pyrrhonists did not decide to suspend judgment, but rather claimed to have found themselves unable to arrive at any judgment. By giving up the attempt, they also claimed to have unexpectedly reached tranquility, then followed the customs of ordinary life without ever claiming to have found the truth. This anti-rational attitude is not likely to be typical of ordinary people, nor would it seem desirable to modern defenders of ordinary practices like Fogelin.

Keywords: Fogelin; Pyrrho; Pyrrhonism; Pyrrhonian skepticism; tranquility; suspension of judgment

Chapter.  5113 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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