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Product Details

  • Series: Ancient Philosophies (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260269
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on October 3, 2013
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Harald Thorsrud gives a good look at ancient skepticism and importantly looks at their arguments. He goes through the history of skepticism that includes its interactions with stoicism and the peripatetic schools of thought. The arguments that he looks at are detailed and are done in accessible but deep way. He explores some of the controversies such as whether Cicero was a skeptic. This text also is one of the few to take a look at some of the skeptics that are often forgotten otherwise such as Timon and Carnedes. Often left out due to the sources being fragments, Thorsgrud presents them in a developmental way that takes into account those problems. Even though it is out of the purview of Ancient Skepticism, it would have been good if this developmental account had gone into the rediscovery of skepticism in the latin west.
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