Aspirationalism in Pyrrho’s Project of Living Suspensively

Sképsis: Revista de Filosofia 13 (2022): 1-11

11 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2022

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Brian Ribeiro

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Department of Philosophy & Religion

Date Written: June 3, 2022

Abstract

Pyrrho of Elis is reported to have held that, given the nature of things, we ought to be adoxastous (without opinion); yet living free of all opinions may seem to be a psychological impossibility. That is the interpretive puzzle I wish to address. Drawing on a well-known passage from Diogenes Laertius’ “Life of Pyrrho,” I argue that Pyrrho’s view that we ought to live suspensively should be understood as an aspirationalist project of self-transformation.

Keywords: Pyrrho, Aristocles passage, adoxastous, aspirationalism

Suggested Citation

Ribeiro, Brian, Aspirationalism in Pyrrho’s Project of Living Suspensively (June 3, 2022). Sképsis: Revista de Filosofia 13 (2022): 1-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4127341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4127341

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

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