The Skeptic Way: Sextus Empiricus's Outlines of Pyrrhonism 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195092134
ISBN-10: 0195092139
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"A good introduction, engaging translation and a commentary that may make it possible to assign the one volume instead of Annas-Barnes and their translation of the "Outlines". --Owen C. Cramer, Colorado College

"...although there exist a number of partial translations and excerpts of the Outlines of Pyrronism, Benson Mates's translation is the first complete English version of the work since the Loeb translation by R. G. Bury, printed in 1933....The Outlines is a work of philosophy, and Mates brings to his work a philosopher's mind. It is undoubtedly an improvement over its predecessor, especially in the rendering of technical terms and in the clarification through translation of some obscure argumentative structures."--Lloyd P. Gerson, International Philosophical Quarterly

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195092139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195092134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
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I was lucky to be a student in a coloquium with Professor Emeritus Benson Mates on this book as he was in the final stages of translating. I remember he had a particular question of whether, as is the custom in general translation, to translate into idomatic local terminology or to translate more literally. "We reached the bridge and crossed it" vs "Having reashed the bridge, we crossed it." I advocated for the more literal translation on the premise that given a word by word translation, "odd" grammar can be understood and through exposure become clear. In english we can with exposure understand a verb at the end of a sentence. "We, the bridge, crossed," is odd but far from incomprehensible. Translating this way helps us experience the language as experienced by native speaker. Benson was sympathetic, but in the end believed in respecting the tradition of translation and addressing the translation issues through notes for those most interested, e.g. in greek terms traditonally translated one way that in reality had not equivalent english word. He was probably my best teacher at Berkeley and a great man that spoke deprecatingly as part of a positivist generation of philosophers treading water while trying to comprehend the collapse of Modernism. He was absolutely a phenomenal logician and this was at the root of his fascination with skepticism which he engaged with sympathy but not particularly advocacy. On the other hand, he told great and wild stories about a philosopher friend that was a skeptic, somewhat more than less odd in personality, who was clearly a beloved example to him.Read more ›
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