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From Epicurus to EpictetusStudies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy$
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A. A. Long

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.001.0001

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Aristotle and the History of Greek Scepticism

Aristotle and the History of Greek Scepticism

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(p.43) 3 Aristotle and the History of Greek Scepticism
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From Epicurus to Epictetus
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A. A. Long (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.003.0003

The purpose in this chapter is not to cast doubt on Aristotle's dogmatic credentials, but rather focuses on a series of questions that seem to have gone largely unasked. How far is Aristotle aware of the sceptical challenge to knowledge, and how far does he attempt to answer it? How does he assess earlier Greek thinkers who have been regarded as forerunners of the official sceptics? How much, if at all, did his own work influence and anticipate the debates between sceptics and dogmatists that are charted in Cicero'sAcademicaand the writings of Sextus? It is argued that these questions are profitable lines of enquiry, and that Aristotle deserves more than the occasional footnote in histories of ancient scepticism.

Keywords:   Sextus Empiricus, Agrippa, Aenesidemus, sceptics, epistemology, Stoics

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