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Pyrrho, his Antecedents, and his Legacy$
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Richard Bett

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256617.001.0001

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Pyrrho the Non-Sceptic

Pyrrho the Non-Sceptic

(p.14) 1 Pyrrho the Non-Sceptic
Pyrrho, his Antecedents, and his Legacy

Richard Bett

Oxford University Press

Was Pyrrho a sceptic according to the later Pyrrhonist mould? It must be admitted that some evidence seems to support this verdict; some texts do speak of Pyrrho and Sextus in the same breath, and a number do attribute to Pyrrho himself very much the same kind of outlook as this book finds in later Pyrrhonism. On the other hand, none of these texts predates the revival of Pyrrho by Aenesidemus; thus it is at least possible that this interpretation of Pyrrho results from anachronistically reading back onto Pyrrho himself ideas that in fact appeared only much later. This chapter argues that this can indeed be done, and that this untainted evidence, derived from Timon, suggests that Pyrrho's own position was by no means the same as the later Pyrrhonism familiar to us from Sextusʼ Outlines of Pyrrhonism.

Keywords:   Pyrrho, scepticism, Sextus, Pyrrhonism, Aenesidemus, Timon

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