Sextus Empiricus: Against the Grammarians (Adversus Mathematicos I)

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

EditorSextus EmpiricusbyD. L. Blank

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Sextus Empiricus is one of the most important ancient philosophical writers after Plato and Aristotle. His writings are our main source for the doctrines and methods of Scepticism. He probably lived in the second century AD. Eleven books of his writings have survived, covering logic,physics, ethics, and many other fields. Against the Grammarians is the first book of Sextus' Adversus Mathematicos, his broad-ranging polemic against the various liberal studies of classical learning. It is prefaced by a short general attack on the arts (included in this volume); then Sextus focuses on the grammatical writers of theclassical era, categorizing, analysing, and criticizing their doctrines. The result is not only an invaluable source for ancient ideas about grammar, language, and literary technique, but an excellent example of sustained Sceptical reasoning. David Blank presents a new translation into clear modern English of this important treatise, together with the first ever commentary on the work. In an extended introduction he discusses Against the Grammarians in the broad context of Sextus' work as a whole, Scepticism in general, and the historyof ancient writings in this field.

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Sextus Empiricus is one of the most important ancient philosophical writers after Plato and Aristotle. His writings are our main source for the doctrines and methods of Scepticism. He probably lived in the second century AD. Eleven books of his writings have survived, covering logic,physics, ethics, and many other fields. Against ...

D.L. Blank is a Professor of Classics, University of California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:492 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.26 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198244703

ISBN - 13:9780198244707

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1: General. 2: Sextus' Life and Works. 3: Attacking the Technai. 4: Evidence for Empiricist Attacks on Grammar. 5: Against the Professors of the Libreal Studies. 6: Against the Grammarians. 7: Negative Dogmatism in M 1-6? 8: About the Translation.Translation. Against the Professors of the Liberal Studies. Against the Grammarians.Commentary.Glossary of Ancient and Medieval Authors. Works Cited. Index Locorum. Subject Index.

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`The ancient philosophers among you will have already read this book, such is the importance of its topic, the excellence of its author, and the prestige of its series, whose general editors. . .have backed an unbroken string of winners.'Tad Brennan, Classical Review 50