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Pyrrho, his Antecedents, and his Legacy

Richard Bett


This book presents a study of Pyrrho of Elis, who lived in the late 4th and early 3rd centuries BC and is the supposed originator of Greek scepticism. In the absence of surviving works by Pyrrho, scholars have tended to treat his thought as essentially the same as the long subsequent sceptical tradition which styled itself ‘Pyrrhonism’. This book argues, on the contrary, that Pyrrho's philosophy was significantly different from this later tradition, and offers a detailed account of that philosophy in this light. It considers why Pyrrho was adopted as the figurehead for that tradition and sugge ... More

Keywords: Pyrrho of Elis, Greek scepticism, Pyrrhonism, Plato, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256617
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Bett, author
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore