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Sextus Empiricus and Greek scepticism


The following treatise on Sextus Empiricus and Greek
Scepticism
has been prepared to supply a need much felt in the
English
language by students of Greek philosophy. For while
other
schools of Greek philosophy have been exhaustively and
critically discussed by English scholars, there are few
sources
of information available to the student who wishes to
make
himself familiar with the teachings of Pyrrhonism. The
aim has
been, accordingly, to give a concise presentation of
Pyrrhonism
in relation to its historical development and the
Scepticism of
the Academy, with critical references to the French and
German
works existing on the subject. The time and manner of
the
connection of Sextus Empiricus with the Pyrrhonean
School has
also been discussed.
As the First Book of the _Hypotyposes_, or Pyrrhonic
Sketches by
Sextus Empiricus, contains the substance of the
teachings of
Pyrrhonism, it has been hoped that a translation of it
into
English might prove a useful contribution to the
literature on
Pyrrhonism, and this translation has been added to the
critical
part of the work.
In making this translation, and in the general study of
the
works of Sextus, the Greek text of Immanuel Bekker,
Berlin,
1842, has been used, with frequent consultation of the
text of
J.A. Fabricius, 1718, which was taken directly from the
existing
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