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From Epicurus to EpictetusStudies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy$
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A. A. Long

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279128.001.0001

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Arcesilaus in His Time and Place

Arcesilaus in His Time and Place

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From Epicurus to Epictetus

A. A. Long (Contributor Webpage)

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No philosopher in the early Hellenistic period is more intriguing than Arcesilaus of Pitane, and few are of comparable historical significance. Arcesilaus in effect was the founder of Greek scepticism as a methodology for demonstrating that every claim to knowledge or theoretical belief could be met with a counter-argument of equal strength. By his rejoinders to Stoic theses, Arcesilaus ensured that Stoic philosophers must be constantly on the alert against sceptical challenges. Arcesilaus' formative years and relation to Stoics, and his dialectical methods and Socratic persona are discussed.

Keywords:   Hellenistic philosophy, Greek scepticism, Stoics, dialectical methods, Socratic persona

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