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Pyrrhonism and the Dialectical Methods

The Aims and Argument of Outlines of Pyrrhonism II

In: History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis
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Justin Vlasits Philosophisches Seminar, Philosophische Fakultät, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Tübingen Deutschland

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to show how Outlines of Pyrrhonism II constitutes an original, ambitious, and unified skeptical inquiry into logic. My thesis is that Sextus’ argument in Book II is meant to accomplish both its stated goal (to investigate the topics typically grouped together by dogmatists under the heading of “logic”) and an unstated goal. The unstated goal is, in my view, interesting in itself and sheds new light on Sextus’ methodology. The goal is: to suspend judgement on the effectiveness of dogmatic methodologies.

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