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Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (Richard Bett) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521874762
Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (Richard Bett) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521874762
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Title: Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism

Author: Bett, Richard

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521874762

Volumes: 1; Pages: 392

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This volume offers a comprehensive survey of the main periods, schools, and individual proponents of scepticism in the ancient Greek and Roman world. The contributors examine the major developments chronologically and historically, ranging from the early antecedents of scepticism to the Pyrrhonist tradition. They address the central philosophical and interpretive problems surrounding the sceptics' ideas on subjects including belief, action, and ethics. Finally, they explore the effects which these forms of scepticism had beyond the ancient period, and the ways in which ancient scepticism differs from scepticism as it has been understood since Descartes. The volume will serve as an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the subject for non-specialists, while also offering considerable depth and detail for more advanced readers.

Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction, Richard Bett

Part I. Origins and Development

1. Antecedents in early Greek philosophy Mi-Kyoung Lee

2. Pyrrho and early Pyrrhonism Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson

3. Arcesilaus and Carneades Harald Thorsrud

4. The sceptical academy: decline and afterline Carlos L�vy

5. Aenesidemus and the rebirth of Pyrrhonism James Hankinson

6. Sextus Empiricus Pierre Pellegrin

Part II. Topics and Problems

7. Scepticism and belief Casey Perin

8. Scepticism and action Katja Maria Vogt

9. Scepticism and ethics Richard Bett

10. Academics versus Pyrrhonists, reconsidered Gisela Striker

11. The Pyrrhonian modes Paul Woodruff

12. Pyrrhonism and medicine James Allen

13. Pyrrhonism and the specialized sciences Emidio Spinelli

Part III. Beyond Antiquity

14. The rediscovery and posthumous influence of scepticism Luciano Floridi

15. Descartes' transformation of the sceptical tradition Michael Williams

Bibliography

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