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From (the stem of) Latin Pyrrhō +‎ -ism, after Middle French pyrrhonisme.


  • Pyrrho's scepticism was so complete and comprehensive that the word Pyrrhonism is sometimes used as a synonym for scepticism, The scepticism of Pyrrho's school covered three points.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Pyrrho was the starting-point for a philosophical movement known as Pyrrhonism that flourished several centuries after his own time.


  • The relations between these books are complex and not yet well explored (in Sextus 1997, Bett argues for a reading of Against the Ethicists which would make it propound a different skepticism than the Outlines of Pyrrhonism, which is normally taken as the standard account of Pyrrhonism).

    Ancient Skepticism

  • Here another difference may be discerned from the Pyrrhonism of Sextus Empiricus.


  • Given the importance of Pyrrhonism in earlier modern philosophy, Pyrrho's indirect influence may be thought of as very considerable.


  • However, other terms in the passage are quite distinct both from Aristocles 'own normal usage and from any of the terminology familiar to us from later Pyrrhonism, yet were in use prior to Timon's day; it seems easiest to account for these as authentic reproductions of Timon's own language.


  • The chapter on Pyrrhonism opens with a brief summary of the outlook of Pyrrho specifically, as reported by Timon (14. 18.1-5).


  • This later Pyrrhonism was one of the two major traditions of sceptical thought in the Greco-Roman world (the other being located in Plato's Academy during much of the Hellenistic period).


  • For on either interpretation Pyrrho is said to promise ataraxia, the later Pyrrhonists 'goal, and to promise it as a result of a certain kind of withdrawal of trust in the veracity of our everyday impressions of things; the connection between these two points aligns Pyrrho with the later Pyrrhonists, and sets him apart from every other Greek philosophical movement that preceded later Pyrrhonism.


  • However, all of these texts postdate the rise of later Pyrrhonism itself, and none of them contains anything like the level of detail of the Aristocles passage; there is no particular reason to suppose that any of them represents a genuine understanding of Pyrrho as distinct from the later Pyrrhonists.



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