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Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy

  • Diego E. Machuca

Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 70)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ancient Pyrrhonism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Bett
      Pages 3-17
    3. Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson
      Pages 19-31
    4. Katja Maria Vogt
      Pages 33-49
    5. Diego E. Machuca
      Pages 51-77
  3. Pyrrhonism in Modern Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Peter S. Fosl
      Pages 145-169
    3. Plínio Junqueira Smith
      Pages 171-189
  4. Pyrrhonism in Contemporary Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Duncan Pritchard
      Pages 193-202
    3. Markus Lammenranta
      Pages 203-215
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-246

About this book


In recent years, there has been renewed interest in Pyrrhonism among both philosophers and historians of philosophy. This skeptical tradition is complex and multifaceted, since the Pyrrhonian arguments have been put into the service of different enterprises or been approached in relation to interests which are quite distinct. The diversity of conceptions and uses of Pyrrhonism accounts for the diversity of the challenges it is deemed to pose and of the attempts to meet them. The present volume brings together twelve essays by leading specialists which explore the history and philosophical significance of this form of skepticism: they discuss some thorny questions concerning ancient Pyrrhonism, explore its influence on certain modern thinkers, and examine it in relation to contemporary analytic philosophy. The essays combine historical and exegetical analysis with an assessment of the philosophical merits of the Pyrrhonian outlook, with the aim of understanding it both in its historical context and in connection with contemporary concerns. This volume, the first entirely devoted to a detailed study of the Pyrrhonian tradition, is intended to open up new exegetical and philosophical perspectives on Pyrrhonism and to motivate further examination of certain difficult issues. It will be a valuable resource for scholars of ancient philosophy, historians of modern philosophy, and epistemologists, as well as for graduate students interested in skepticism.


Contemporary Epistemology History of Philosophy Modern Philosophy Pyrrhonism Sextus Empiricus Skepticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego E. Machuca
    • 1
  1. 1.Academia Nacional de Ciencias de BuenosBuenos AiresArgentina

About the editors

Diego E. Machuca (PhD, UBA) is Assistant Researcher in Philosophy at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina), and co-editor of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism. He has published articles on ancient skepticism, ethical skepticism, and Descartes in Pacific Philosophy Quarterly, Ancient Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Philosophy Compass, and elsewhere. He has also edited the volume, New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism (Brill, 2011).

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