Is the Pyrrhonist a Proto-Phenomenalist?

Alan Bailey

in Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780198238522
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679667 | DOI:
Is the Pyrrhonist a Proto-Phenomenalist?

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The preceding chapter established that if we attempt to maintain that the mature Pyrrhonist takes himself to have rationally justified beliefs about everyday matters of objective fact, then it is impossible to give a philosophically satisfactory account of Sextus's Pyrrhonism. It is clear that if we wish to construct a coherent account of Pyrrhonism around the supposition that the mature Pyrrhonist does regard himself as having some rationally justified beliefs, then the only possibility that remains open is to maintain that the beliefs in question are all beliefs about the way the world phenomenologically appears to him. However, this chapter argues that even this attempt to ascribe to the Pyrrhonist an extremely restricted range of supposedly justified beliefs yields an account of Sextus' Pyrrhonism that faces insurmountable problems.

Keywords: Sextus; Pyrrhonism; scepticism; Pyrrhonist

Chapter.  17124 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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