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« Topic Start: February 04, 2010, 11:55:32 am »

Title: Ancient Scepticism Ancient Philosophies
Author(s): Harald Thorsrud
Publisher: Acumen
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 1844651312
ISBN-13: 9781844651313
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
The aim of this work is to offer a comprehensive introduction to the two strands of ancient skepticism -- namely, Pyrrhonian and Academic -- by means of a coherent historical narrative.1 As Thorsrud himself recognizes (pp. x, 16), this is not an easy enterprise, since virtually every part of that narrative could be challenged. Although it is primarily aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, the book is by no means lacking in interest to specialists, since Thorsrud does not sacrifice scholarly analysis and rigor for accessibility. An attractive aspect of his exposition is that he continuously reflects on the sense and soundness of the ancient skeptical stances and explains them both in their own terms and with reference to our current way of seeing things. In other words, he adopts a more philosophic approach by considering the problems addressed by the ancient skeptics or posed by their outlooks, instead of providing an exclusively historical or doxographical presentation of past philosophical views. Thorsrud's interest in ancient skepticism has been motivated by an as yet unfulfilled "desire to find a satisfactory explanation of pervasive disagreement" (p. ix) -- a question that lately has attracted a great deal of attention from epistemologists. He finds that study of the ancient skeptical arguments has helped him think more clearly about the limits of reason, the nature of rational belief and appearances, and the part these play in action, and he expresses the hope that the book will have the same effect on others. Written in a style which is straightforward and readable, this volume is a valuable addition to the ever-growing literature on ancient skepticism.

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