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Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition

Jessica N. Berry

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195368420
eISBN:
9780199867479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368420.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The impact of Nietzsche's engagement with the Greek skeptics has never been systematically explored in a book-length work—an inattention that belies the interpretive weight Nietzsche scholars ... More


Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Alan Bailey

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238522
eISBN:
9780191679667
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238522.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book offers an exposition and defence of the philosophy of Sextus Empiricus, one of the most influential of ancient thinkers, the father of philosophical scepticism. The subsequent sceptical ... More


Pyrrhonian Reflections on Knowledge and Justification

Robert J. Fogelin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195089875
eISBN:
9780199833238
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195089871.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This work addresses the following question: What would be the consequence of allowing a representative of ancient Pyrrhonian scepticism to become a party to contemporary debates in theory of ... More


Aristotle and the History of Greek Scepticism

A. A. Long

in From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199279128
eISBN:
9780191706769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

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 ... More


Scepticism About Gods

A. A. Long

in From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199279128
eISBN:
9780191706769
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The philosophical sceptic attacks, in the doctrines of his rivals, not or not primarily the traditional features of the gods that the doctrinaire schools retain, but the rational innovations — the ... More


 Before Words Were Signs: Semiotics in Greek Philosophy

Phillip Cary

in Outward Signs: The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine's Thought

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195336498
eISBN:
9780199868629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336498.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

To see what is new about Augustine's theory of signs, it is useful to notice that Greek semiotics was concerned with the epistemology of empirical inference and included no theory of language or ... More


Can a Mādhyamika Be a Skeptic? The Case of Patsab Nyimadrak

Georges Dreyfus

in Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199751426
eISBN:
9780199827190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751426.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter compares the twelfth-century Tibetan thinker Patsab’s interpretation of Madhyamaka with certain readings of ancient skepticism, focusing on the central question that skeptical accounts ... More


More Problems of Partnership: The Pro Quinto Roscio Comoedo

Andrew Lintott

in Cicero as Evidence: A Historian's Companion

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199216444
eISBN:
9780191712180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216444.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines another speech by Cicero. The year after pro Quinctio, Cicero undertook his first criminal defence — that of Sextus Roscius of America — and from then on seemed to have had a ... More


Sextan Scepticism

Jonathan Barnes

in Maieusis: Essays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199289974
eISBN:
9780191711008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter explores the concept of ‘Sextan scepticism’. It addresses the question of whether Sextus was a radical and rustic sceptic or a moderate and urbane sceptic. It argues Sextan scepticism, ... More


The Letter of Perugia

PATRICK NOLD

in Pope John XXII and his Franciscan Cardinal: Bertrand de la Tour and the Apostolic Poverty Controversy

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268757
eISBN:
9780191708510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268757.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter focuses on the investigation of the content of the two Perugia texts, which were produced in a relatively short period of time. It explains that the Littera is the first text of Perugia ... More


The Disturbing Theses

Katja Maria Vogt

in Law, Reason, and the Cosmic City: Political Philosophy in the Early Stoa

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195320091
eISBN:
9780199869657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320091.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Early Stoic political philosophy is misrepresented in the sources—as recommending such practices as anthropophagy and incest—mostly because of the large role that the Sceptics had in transmitting the ... More


The Nature of Disagreement: Ancient Relativism and Skepticism

Katja Maria Vogt

in Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199916818
eISBN:
9780199980291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916818.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Pyrrhonian skepticism has roots in metaphysical discussions relevant to relativism. The chapter reconstructs these discussions in Plato's Theaetetus, and explores how different versions of Pyrrhonian ... More


Skepticism and Concepts: Can the Skeptic Think?

Katja Maria Vogt

in Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199916818
eISBN:
9780199980291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916818.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

It is argued that, among ancient anti-skeptical objections, one charge stands out as particularly damning to skeptical philosophy: without forming beliefs, the skeptic cannot think. More ... More


‘My lady knows impious things’: Impotence Magic in the Ancient World

Catherine Rider

in Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199282227
eISBN:
9780191713026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282227.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter surveys the sources for impotence magic in the ancient world. It discusses a number of classical writers who mentioned impotence magic in their literary works, including Ovid and ... More


Nietzsche and the Pyrrhonian Tradition

Jessica N. Berry

in Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195368420
eISBN:
9780199867479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368420.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter opens with a discussion of “historical influence” that intends to clarify the sense in which Nietzsche can be said to have been influenced by Pyrrhonism. Then, it presents the ... More


Skepticism in Nietzsche’s Early Work: The Case of “On Truth and Lie”

Jessica N. Berry

in Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195368420
eISBN:
9780199867479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368420.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Nietzsche's early unpublished essay, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense” has a history of being used to ground radical interpretations of his work, according to which he denies the possibility ... More


Pound's Savage Ratios

Vincent Sherry

in The Great War and the Language of Modernism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195178180
eISBN:
9780199788002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178180.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter follows the development of Ezra Pound's modernist poetry as it responds to the culture of Great War Britain. As an American in London, Pound is alert to the postures of the partisan ... More


Introduction

Casey Perin

in The Demands of Reason: An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199557905
eISBN:
9780191721366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557905.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

The introduction identifies those aspects of Scepticism as Sextus describes it—its commitment to the search for truth and to certain principles of rationality, its scope, and its consequences for ... More


The Search for Truth

Casey Perin

in The Demands of Reason: An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199557905
eISBN:
9780191721366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557905.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Sextus Empiricus' claim that the Sceptic is engaged in the search for truth has struck many as dubious for two reasons. First, the discovery of truth is neither the necessary nor the most efficient ... More


Necessity and Rationality

Casey Perin

in The Demands of Reason: An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199557905
eISBN:
9780191721366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557905.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

It is a striking fact that Sextus Empiricus often describes the Sceptic's suspension of judgement as a matter of necessity. This chapter examines the kind of necessity Sextus has in view when he ... More


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