Sextus, Montaigne, Hume: Exercises in Skeptical Cartography

The Modern Schoolman, Vol. 87, pp. 7-34, 2009

15 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2012

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Brian Ribeiro

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ribeiro, Brian, Sextus, Montaigne, Hume: Exercises in Skeptical Cartography (2009). The Modern Schoolman, Vol. 87, pp. 7-34, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2031059

Brian Ribeiro (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion ( email )

Department of Philosophy & Religion (#2753)
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.utc.edu/philosophy-religion/profiles/faculty/snc959.php

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