Ancient Scepticism

Richard Bett

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Ancient Scepticism

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Classical Philosophy


Show Summary Details


This chapter, which analyses the ethical theories of Greek sceptic Sextus Empiricus, begins by considering other sceptical figures who preceded Sextus, both for their intrinsic interest and to set the context for Sextus's work. These include Pyrrho, Arcesilaus of Pitane, Carneades of Cyrene, and Philo of Larissa. The chapter then examines surviving works of Sextus Empiricus, the best known being Outlines of Pyrrhonism.

Keywords: Greek scepticism; sceptics; Sextus Empiricus; Pyrrho; Arcesilaus of Pitane; Carneades of Cyrene; Philo of Larissa

Article.  9488 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Classical Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.