Pyrrhonism


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Pyrrhonism

1. the Skeptic doctrines of Pyrrho and his followers, especially the assertion that, since all perceptions tend to be faulty, the wise man will consider the external circumstances of life to be unimportant and thus preserve tranquility.
2. extreme or absolute skepticism. Cf. Skepticism.Pyrrhonist, n.Pyrrhonian, Pyrrhonic, n., adj.
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References in classic literature ?
'Tis a death worthy of a sage who has wavered all his life; a death which is neither flesh nor fish, like the mind of a veritable sceptic; a death all stamped with Pyrrhonism and hesitation, which holds the middle station betwixt heaven and earth, which leaves you in suspense.
It was an age of philosophical skepticism in which a kind of Christian Pyrrhonism prevailed--the belief that all sense-based perceptions were of doubtful validity (Sullivan 83).
4 PYRRHONISM AND THE PRACTICE OF SUSPENDING EPISTEMIC URGES
ANDREW WONG, "Unmitigated Skepticism: The Nature and Scope of Pyrrhonism." Adviser: Monte Johnson.
They cover the power of speech: the influence of the Sophists on Greek politics; philosophical dogs and tyrannical wolves in Plato's Republic; the good of knowing the forms; individual competence and collective deliberation in Aristotle's Politics; Diogenes the comic: how to tell the truth in the face of a tyrant; Dio of Prusa and the Roman Stoics on how to speak the truth to oneself and to power; Stoic Utopia reconsidered: Pyrrhonism, ethics, and politics; and Plato's tyrant in Neoplatonic philosophy.
Spears, "The Meaning of Alma" ELH 13.4 (1946): 285, presents Prior as an "exponent of Pyrrhonism and a disciple of Montaigne." Both Frances M.
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.