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Pyrrhonism from Aenesidemus to Sextus Empiricus

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/9780198238522.003.0005
Pyrrhonism from Aenesidemus to Sextus Empiricus

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This chapter reviews existing information about Sextus' personal life and extant writings. There appears to be satisfactory evidence that Sextus was a doctor; and this is a valuable conclusion in light of the earlier suggestion that a Pyrrhonist who gave his allegiance to the Empiricist school of medicine rather than the Methodist school would not have been expressing a preference for the general account of the art of medicine offered by the Empiricists, but would have been responding instead to the details of therapeutic and diagnostic methods employed by the two schools. The supposition that Sextus composed his works on Pyrrhonean scepticism in the early years of the 3rd century ad also possesses marginally greater plausibility than the more popular supposition that he wrote those works in the second half of the 2nd century.

Keywords: Sextus; Pyrrhonism; Aenesidemus of Cnossus; scepticism

Chapter.  19903 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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