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Pyrrhonian Skepticism$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195169727.001.0001

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Cartesian Skeptics

Cartesian Skeptics

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Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Janet Broughton

Oxford University Press

This essay contrasts Descartes with three skeptical figures: the Doubting Pyrrhonist, the Agrippan Pyrrhonist, and the Cartesian Skeptic. It argues that the meditator in Descartes’s Meditations is different from all three of these skeptics. Seeing the distinctive character of the meditator helps us understand how Descartes could have hoped to meet the challenge of skepticism.

Keywords:   Descartes, Agrippa, Pyrrhonism, Pyrrhonian skepticism, dependence arguments, regress, circularity, arbitrariness

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