The watershed moment for the emergence of classical skepticism in the early modern period is often said to be 1562, the year Henri Estienne translated Sextus Empiricus's second-century AD work Outlines of Pyrrhonism from Greek into Latin, making the principles of Pyrrhonean skepticism widely available to Europe's intellectuals.
(11.) For more on the philosophy of Pyrrhonism, see Julia Annas and Jonathan Barnes, The Modes of Scepticism: Ancient Texts and Modern Interpretations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985),10-30; and Alan Bailey, Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002), 119-46.
Yet we should be open to the possibility that Sextus uses pathos not to refer to anything wholly noncognitive or merely phenomenological--something for which the term pathos is rather poorly suited in any event (one need only recall that according to almost all ancient philosophers from Socrates onwards, beliefs are constitutive elements of the emotions [pathe])--but to emphasize the passive element in ordinary and Pyrrhonean
The point of the book is to explain and critique Pyrrhonean
skepticism and, by doing so, show that it is a philosophical viewpoint worthy of serious attention by contemporary philosophers.
does indeed seem to me to share the Pyrrhonean
arguments, so that his Way is almost the same as ours.