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Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes

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2019.12.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stefan Sienkiewicz, Five Modes of Scepticism: Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan Modes, Oxford University Press, 2019, 204pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198798361. Reviewed by Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University The Modes are standardized forms of argument employed by the Pyrrhonian skeptics to induce suspension of judgment. The Five Modes are the most general of these, and have excited a fair amount of interest among contemporary epistemologists -- often under the heading The Agrippan Trilemma (focusing on the three most important ones). They are mentioned both by Diogenes Laertius, who ascribes them to the otherwise unknown Agrippa, and by Sextus Empiricus. But the treatment in Diogenes is extremely sketchy, whereas Sextus not only introduces them, but frequently uses them in discussing particular topics. Hence, not surprisingly, Sextus' treatment is generally seen as much the more philosophically interesting. As far as I know, this is the first book-length examination of them for almost 30... Read More

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