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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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545971.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Ancient Scepticism

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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

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