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The New Academy and the Origins of Aenesidemean Pyrrhonism

Alan Bailey

in Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238522
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238522.003.0004
The New Academy and the Origins of Aenesidemean Pyrrhonism

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This chapter focuses on the succession of philosophers set out by Laertius as linking Pyrrho to Sextus and his pupil Saturninus. Although we have dismissed the notion that a series of master—pupil relationships genuinely links Pyrrho and Sextus, Sextus' own writings yield abundant evidence that Aenesidemus of Cnossus, who is one of the philosophers mentioned in Laertius' succession, did exercise a major influence on Sextus' scepticism.

Keywords: Arcesilaus; Sextus; Laertius; Pyrrho; Aenesidemus of Cnossus; scepticism

Chapter.  6270 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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