Cicero’s Aspirationalist Radical Skepticism in the Academica

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
Brian Ribeiro Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN USA

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I defend the view that Cicero writes the Academica from the perspective of an aspirationalist radical skeptic. In section 2 I examine the textual evidence regarding the nature of Cicero’s skeptical stance in the Academica. In section 3 I consider the textual evidence from the Academica for attributing aspirationalism to Cicero. Finally, in section 4 I argue that while aspirationalist radical skepticism is open to a number of philosophical objections, none of those objections is decisive.

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