Modes of Scepticism Ancient Texts and Modern Interpretations

ISBN-10: 0521276446
ISBN-13: 9780521276443
Edition: 1985
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Book details

Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/23/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The Modes of Scepticism is one of the most important and influential of all ancient philosophical texts. The texts made an enormous impact on Western thought when they were rediscovered in the 16th century and they have shaped the whole future course of Western philosophy. Despite their importance, the Modes have been little discussed in recent times. This book translates the texts and supplies them with a discursive commentary, concentrating on philosophical issues but also including historical material. The book will be of interest to professional scholars and philosophers but its clear and non-technical style makes it intelligible to beginners and the interested layman.

Jonathan Barnes has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex. He has been writing since the age of 21 and under a pseudonym has published four novels. He cam across the Bates method in 1983 and, as a wearer of glasses himself, decided to investigate it from a biologist's viewpoint. He found it logical and consistent, and since practising it has been able to improve his eyesight and discard his glasses.

Sceptical philosophy
Scepticism in ancient philosophy
The ten modes
Humans and other animals
Human variations
The senses
Circumstances
Places and positions
Mixtures
Quantities
Relativity
The common and the rare
Customs and persuasions
Philo and Diogenes on the modes
The eight modes against causal explanations
The five modes of Agrippa
The two modes
Textual notes

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