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How to Be a Pyrrhonist: The Practice and Significance of Pyrrhonian Skepticism

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2019.11.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Bett, How to Be a Pyrrhonist: The Practice and Significance of Pyrrhonian Skepticism, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 263pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108471077. Reviewed by Máté Veres, ELTE, Budapest/CEU, Budapest Perhaps the most popular strategy in recent decades to reinvigorate the study of ancient philosophy has been to present ancient philosophical tenets, notably those of Stoics and Epicureans, as motivating and grounding particular ways of life. Richard Bett has long argued that ancient Skeptics are worth considering from this point of view, since they also aimed, though arguably failed, to offer an attractive way of leading one's life. As he concluded in his first published article on ancient Skepticism, it is difficult 'to fathom the frame of mind in which this [i.e., the Skeptical] way of life could seem both possible and desirable', which is no doubt the reason 'why Pyrrhonism never achieved anything like the popular appeal of Stoicism or Epicureanism'.

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