69 - Beyond Belief: Pyrrho and Skepticism

Posted on 26 February 2012

Peter turns to the final major Hellenistic school, the Skeptics, beginning with Pyrrho and the question of how ancient skepticism compares to modern skepticism.


Further Reading

• R. Bett, Pyrrho, his Antecedents and his Legacy (Oxford: 2000).

• R. Bett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (Cambridge: 2010).

• T. Brennan, “Pyrrho on the Criterion,” Ancient Philosophy 18 (1998), 417–34.

• R.J. Hankinson, The Sceptics (London: 1995).

• D. Sedley, “The Motivation of Greek Skepticism,” in The Skeptical Tradition, ed. M. Burnyeat (Berkeley: 1983), 9-29.

• S. Svavarsson, “Pyrrho’s Undecidable Nature,” Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 27 (2004), 249–295.

Stanford Encyclopedia: Pyrrho


In fact, that was what brought me here! 69 episodes later, I remember now :)

I can't believe I had such luck!


ps. No seriously now, great luck to find this great series. Excellent work!

Andrew Shields 19 January 2023

Getting to Descartes in five years' time? Soon, though, right?

The mention of this episode in episode 412 the other day sent me back to listen to this one again. It's wonderful to go back and listen to an earlier episode and think of all the later links that this one sets up!

By the way, you spoke differently on the podcast ten-plus years ago! And you have stopped saying, "Now, I know what you're thinking", which was a common phrase in the early episodes.

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