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Over the past three decades, there has been a growing interest in the philosophy of the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods, and hence in the different strands of ancient skepticism. This chapter presents a synopsis of the themes discussed in the various chapters of this volume that brings together eight essays on ancient Pyrrhonism. The volume discusses issues not previously examined or reconsider old ones from a different perspective, thus proposing new interpretations and advancing the scholarly study of the Pyrrhonian philosophy. The issues addressed in the essays collected here are diverse: the relationship between Sextus' and Aenesidemus' views on the skeptical interpretation of Plato; the differences between Pyrrhonism and Cyrenaicism; Sextus' discussion of our access to our own mental states; the Pyrrhonist's stance on ordinary life; his uncommitted acceptance of piety; Sextus' attitude towards language; his outlook on ethics; and the relationship between Pyrrhonism and epistemic internalism and externalism.

Keywords: Aenesidemus; Hellenistic imperial periods; Plato; Pyrrhonism; Roman Imperial periods; Sextus



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