Sextus, Montaigne, Hume: Exercises in Skeptical Cartography
The Modern Schoolman, Vol. 87, pp. 7-34, 2009
15 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2012
Date Written: 2009
Despite their divergences, I argue that Sextus, Montaigne, and Hume are committed to several substantive points of commonality and that these commonalities justify us in speaking of them as belonging to a unitary Pyrrhonist tradition. In this tradition, Pyrrhonizing doubt serves to chart the boundary of that-which-resists-doubt, thereby simultaneously charting the shape of that complex of nature and custom which constitutes the bedrock of human life — the life that remains after doubt has done its worst.
Keywords: Sextus Empiricus, Michel de Montaigne, David Hume, Pyrrhonism, skepticism, apraxia objection, doubt
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