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Five modes of scepticism : Sextus Empiricus and the Agrippan modes

Author: Stefan Sienkiewicz
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Oxford philosophical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Five Modes of Scepticism' examines the argument forms that lie at the heart of Pyrrhonian scepticism as expressed in the writings of Sextus Empiricus. These are the Agrippan modes of disagreement, hypothesis, infinite regression, reciprocity and relativity; modes which are supposed to bring about that quintessentially sceptical mental state of suspended judgement. Stefan Sienkiewicz analyses how the modes are  Read more...
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Sienkiewicz, Stefan, 1986-
Five modes of scepticism.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(OCoLC)1089931287
Named Person: Sextus, Empiricus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Sienkiewicz
ISBN: 0198798369 9780198798361
OCLC Number: 1057299649
Description: x, 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction1: The Mode of Disagreement2: The Mode of Hypothesis3: The Mode of Infinite Regression4: The Mode of Reciprocity5: The Mode of Relativity6: The Modes Combined
Series Title: Oxford philosophical monographs.
Responsibility: Stefan Sienkiewicz.

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Stefan Sienkiewicz analyses five argument forms which are central to Pyrrhonian scepticism, as expressed in the writings of Sextus Empiricus. In particular, Sienkiewicz distinguishes between two  Read more...

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