Scholarship on ancient Pyrrhonism has made tremendous advances over the past three decades, thanks especially to the careful reexamination of Sextus Empiricus’ extant corpus. Building on this momentum, the authors of the eight essays collected here examine some of the most vexed and intriguing exegetical and philosophical questions posed by Sextus’ presentation of this form of skepticism. The essays explore in a new light the skeptical interpretation of Plato, the differences between Pyrrhonism and Cyrenaicism, the Pyrrhonist’s stance on ordinary life, religion, language, and ethics, Sextus’ discussion of our access to our own mental states, and the relationship between Pyrrhonism and epistemic internalism and externalism. These new essays represent a substantial contribution to the advancement of scholarship on Pyrrhonian skepticism.
About the Author
Diego E. Machuca, Ph.D (2006) in Philosophy, Universidad de Buenos Aires, is Assistant Researcher in Philosophy at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina). He is also Editor-in-Chief (with Duncan Pritchard) of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. He has published on ancient skepticism, ethical skepticism, and Descartes.
Contributors: Mauro Bonazzi, Otávio Bueno, Filip Grgić, Diego Machuca, Stéphane Marchand, Timothy O'Keefe, Harald Thorsrud, and James Warren.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Diego E. Machuca
2. A Pyrrhonian Plato? Again on Sextus on Aenesidemus on Plato
4. The Cyrenaics versus the Pyrrhonists on Knowledge of Appearances
5. What God Didn’t Know (Sextus Empiricus AM IX 162–6)
6. Skepticism and Everyday Life
7. Sextus Empiricus on Skeptical Piety
8. Sextus Empiricus’ Style of Writing
9. Moderate Ethical Realism in Sextus’ Against the Ethicists?
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10. Is the Pyrrhonist an Internalist?