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The Toils of Scepticism
In the works of Sextus Empiricus, scepticism is presented in its most elaborate and challenging form. This book investigates - both from an exegetical and from a philosophical point of view - the chief argumentative forms which ancient scepticism developed. Thus the particular focus is on the Agrippan aspect of Sextus' Pyrrhonism. Barnes gives a lucid explanation and analy ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 27th 1990)
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This is a scholarly work that actually delivers the goods - it's a rather narrow study of the five modes of Agrippa, minus the relativity mode, and due to it's scope, and the paucity of evidence relating to the subject, Barnes brings in many ancient voices to make a number of very well thought-out points whose names you've most likely never heard of (Ammonius Saccas anyone? Good argument for the incorporeality of the soul though!). All of the modes, as you probably know, are means to effect susp ...more