Arcesilaus and Suspension of Judgement

Alan Bailey

in Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238522
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679667 | DOI:
Arcesilaus and Suspension of Judgement

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This chapter examines Arcesilaus' philosophic stance, which bears a close resemblance to the philosophic stance subsequently espoused by Sextus. In fact, a comparison of Arcesilaus' stance with the one that seems to have been taken up by Pyrrho suggests that it is Arcesilaus who has more in common with Sextus. This raises the question of why Sextus chose to associate himself with the example provided by Pyrrho when Arcesilaus' way of philosophizing seems significantly closer to Sextus' own practice.

Keywords: Plato; Arcesilaus; Sextus; suspension of judgement; Pyrrho

Chapter.  7117 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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