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The Demands of ReasonAn Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism$
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Casey Perin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557905.001.0001

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The Search for Truth

The Search for Truth

(p.7) 1 The Search for Truth
The Demands of Reason

Casey Perin (Contributor Webpage)

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Sextus Empiricus' claim that the Sceptic is engaged in the search for truth has struck many as dubious for two reasons. First, the discovery of truth is neither the necessary nor the most efficient means to the Sceptic's ultimate end or objective, tranquillity. Second, the Sceptic routinely uses arguments—the Agrippan modes—that purport to show that no one can have any reason to believe anything, and the use of arguments with this negative dogmatic conclusion seems to be incompatible with engagement in the search for truth. This chapter explains why, according to Sextus, the Sceptic engages in the search for truth and how it is possible for the Sceptic to do so while using, as he does, the Agrippan modes.

Keywords:   Sextus Empiricus, Pyrrhonian scepticism, suspension of judgement, tranquillity, Agrippan modes, basic reasons, negative dogmatism

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