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Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism
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Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Alan Bailey


This book offers an 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. The author shows that the former ... More

Keywords: Sextus Empiricus, philosophical scepticism, knowledge, understanding, belief, rationality, Pyrrhonean sceptic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Bailey, author
University of York