Pyrrho, his Antecedents, and his Legacy

Paperback | February 25, 2004

byRichard Bett

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Richard Bett presents a ground-breaking study of Pyrrho of Elis, who lived in the late fourth and early third centuries BC and is the supposed originator of Greek scepticism. In the absence of surviving works by Pyrrho, scholars have tended to treat his thought as essentially the same as thelong subsequent sceptical tradition which styled itself 'Pyrrhonism'. Bett argues, on the contrary, that Pyrrho's philosophy was significantly different from this later tradition, and offers the first detailed account of that philosophy in this light. Bett considers why Pyrrho was adopted as thefigurehead for that tradition: his answer suggests that we should distinguish two phases within Pyrrhonism, of which the initial phase is much closer to Pyrrho's own thought than is the better-known later phase. Bett also investigates the origins and antecedents of Pyrrho's ideas; in particular,Plato is singled out as an important inspiration. The result is the first comprehensive picture of this key figure in the development of philosophy. The new claims that Bett puts forward have major implications for the history and interpretation of ancient Greek thought.

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Richard Bett presents a ground-breaking study of Pyrrho of Elis, who lived in the late fourth and early third centuries BC and is the supposed originator of Greek scepticism. In the absence of surviving works by Pyrrho, scholars have tended to treat his thought as essentially the same as thelong subsequent sceptical tradition which sty...

Richard Bett is at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:February 25, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Pyrrho the Non-Sceptic2. Putting it into Practice3. Looking Backwards4. Looking ForwardsReferencesIndex of NamesIndex LocorumIndex of Subjects