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Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism - Alan Bailey

Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2002
ISBN: 9780198238522
Number Of Pages: 290

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Alan Bailey offers a clear and vigorous exposition and defence of the philosophy of Sextus Empiricus, one of the most influential of ancient thinkers, the father of philosophical scepticism. The subsequent sceptical tradition in philosophy has not done justice to Sextus: his views stand up today as remarkably insightful, offering a fruitful way to approach issues of knowledge, understanding, belief, and rationality. It is widely supposed that any form of scepticism that arrives at a global denial of the availability of rationally justified beliefs is self-refuting and unliveable. Bailey shows that the former objection can be disarmed by distinguishing between the mature Pyrrhonean sceptic's assessment of his negative epistemological arguments and the assessment forced upon his philosophical opponents by their own rationalistic code. The latter objection overlooks the role Sextus allocates to beliefs that are necessitated by the Pyrrhonist's psychological and biological constitution. Alan Bailey's refreshing presentation of Sextus to a modern philosophical readership rescues scepticism from the sceptics.

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`a very valuable contribution for our understanding of Sextus' Pyrrhonism as well as for the current debate about the coherence of his position.' Ancient Philosophy

1: Introduction: Scepticism 2: Pyrrho's Connection with Pyrrhonean Scepticism 3: Arcesilaus and Suspension of Judgement 4: The New Academy and the Origins of Aenesidemean Pyrrhonism 5: Pyrrhonism from Aenesidemus to Sextus Empiricus 6: An Outline of Sextus' Pyrrhonism 7: A Life without Beliefs? 8: Pyrrhonism and Common Sense 9: Is the Pyrrhonist a Proto-Phenomenalist? 10: Arguments and Reasons 11: Pyrrhonism and Constrained Belief Select Bibliography, Index

ISBN: 9780198238522
ISBN-10: 0198238525
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 1st April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.48