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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


Arcesilaus and Suspension of Judgement

Alan Bailey

in Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238522
eISBN:
9780191679667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238522.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines Arcesilaus' philosophic stance, which bears a close resemblance to the philosophic stance subsequently espoused by Sextus. In fact, a comparison of Arcesilaus' stance with the ... More


The Demands of Reason: An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism

Casey Perin

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199557905
eISBN:
9780191721366
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557905.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism is one of the most important and influential texts in the history of Greek philosophy. This book examines those aspects of Pyrrhonian Scepticism as Sextus ... More


The Sceptics: Accepting What Is Natural

Julia Annas

in The Morality of Happiness

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096521
eISBN:
9780199833061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096525.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Ancient sceptics, both Pyrrhonian and Academic, cannot appeal to nature as other philosophers do without falling into the commitment to beliefs that they seek to avoid. Nonetheless, they rely on ... More


The Modes Combined

Stefan Sienkiewicz

in Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198798361
eISBN:
9780191871153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798361.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines how all of the Agrippan modes (bar relativity for the reasons given in Chapter 5) work in combination with one another. Sextus provides us with two such sceptical ‘nets’ in the ... More


The Reduction of Reason (1.4.1)

Frederick F. Schmitt

in Hume’s Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199683116
eISBN:
9780191771378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683116.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

In the section of the Treatise entitled ‘Of Scepticism with regard to Reason’, Hume argues that reason, if left unchecked by the imagination, would reduce the confidence of the beliefs it produces in ... More


Thinking and Belief

Soteriou Matthew

in The Mind's Construction: The Ontology of Mind and Mental Action

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199678457
eISBN:
9780191757952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678457.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter considers how the proposed account of the epistemology of mental action, and the proposed account of the self-knowledge involved in conscious thinking, bear on an account of one's ... More


The Mode of Infinite Regression

Stefan Sienkiewicz

in Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198798361
eISBN:
9780191871153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798361.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyses the mode of infinite regression. It argues that the main interpretations that have been given of the mode have been dogmatic ones, that is to say they have been interpretations ... More


The Mode of Reciprocity

Stefan Sienkiewicz

in Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198798361
eISBN:
9780191871153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798361.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter offers an account of the mode of reciprocity. It identifies the type of priority on which the mode turns and—similarly to Chapter 3—argues that the standard way in which the mode has ... More


The Mode of Relativity

Stefan Sienkiewicz

in Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198798361
eISBN:
9780191871153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798361.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter distinguishes between three different versions of the mode of relativity which can be extracted from Sextus’ text. It argues that only one of these versions is non-trivial and that this ... More


Contaminating the Digital: Action and Perception in Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock

Michael Mack

in Contaminations: "Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781474411363
eISBN:
9781474418577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411363.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter discusses how James’s and Hitchcock’s respective questioning of acceleration is pertinent to a better understanding of our contemporary digital culture. This culture places a premium on ... More


The Mode of Hypothesis

Stefan Sienkiewicz

in Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198798361
eISBN:
9780191871153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798361.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter offers an elucidation of the mode of hypothesis. Both the nature and the function of Sextan hypothesizing are clarified—its nature by unpacking Sextus’ characterization of the phenomenon ... More


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