Title page for ETD etd-10022002-171041


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bruzina, David Arata
Author's Email Address db352900@ohio.edu
URN etd-10022002-171041
Title Sextus Empiricus and the Skeptic's Beliefs
Degree Master of Arts
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gifford, Mark Committee Chair
Miller, Harlan B. Committee Member
Pitt, Joseph C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • philosophical psychology
  • epistemology
  • ancient epistemology
  • Pyrrhonian skepticism
  • Sextus Empiricus
Date of Defense 2002-09-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In his Outlines of Skepticism, Sextus Empiricus claims that the Pyrrhonian Skeptic can live without holding beliefs. According to the “Rustic” interpretation of this claim, Sextus holds that the Skeptic lives without beliefs of any kind. According to the “Urbane” interpretation, Sextus’ claim concerns only a restricted category of beliefs. I discuss each interpretation in the context of Sextus’ broader philosophical stance, and argue for an Urbane interpretation. On this view, Pyrrhonism represents a practicable stance towards the world.

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