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Volume 99, Issue 2 (Jun 2017)


Again on Sextus on Persuasiveness and Equipollence

Diego E. Machuca
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Published Online: 2017-06-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2017-0010


This paper engages with Svavar Svavarsson’s recent essay, “Sextus Empiricus on Persuasiveness and Equipollence,” arguing against both (i) his interpretation of whether two rival arguments appear equipollent to the Pyrrhonist because he himself is equally persuaded by both of them, and (ii) his interpretation of the way in which the argument from possible disagreement is supposed to induce suspension of judgment in the Pyrrhonist. In so doing, I aim to dispel some serious misunderstandings regarding key aspects of the Pyrrhonist’s skeptical outlook and argumentative practice.

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Published Online: 2017-06-16

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Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2017-0010. Export Citation

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