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Pyrrhonian Skepticism$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195169727.001.0001

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Berkeley, Pyrrhonism, and the Theaetetus

Berkeley, Pyrrhonism, and the Theaetetus

(p.40) 3 Berkeley, Pyrrhonism, and the Theaetetus
Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Kenneth P. Winkler

Oxford University Press

This essay reinterprets Berkeley’s idealism as partially motivated by a need to overcome the Agrippan mode of relativity pressed by Pyrrhonists. It compares Berkeley’s solution to that of Protagoras as presented in Plato’s Theaetetus, and argues that Berkeley needed to depend on reason — intuition or demonstration — to avoid skepticism. In this interpretation, Berkeley is closer to the rationalist tradition than usually recognized.

Keywords:   Berkeley, Pyrrho, Agrippa, Plato, Theaetetus, Protagoras, relativity, rationalism, empiricism, idealism

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