Volume X, Issue 1, 2019

SEXTUS EMPIRICUS ON THE SIREN SONG OF REASON AND THE SKEPTICAL DEFENSE OF ORDINARY LIFE (pages 15-29)

Harald THORSRUD ABSTRACT: By understanding the sense in which Sextus thinks reason is deceptive we may clarify his attitude towards ordinary life. The deception, like that of the Siren’s song, is practical rather than epistemic. It is not a matter of leading us to assent to false or unjustified conclusions but is rather a distraction from, or even corruption of, ... Read More »

THE PRACTICAL LIFE, THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE, AND THE PERFECT EUDAIMONIA IN ARISTOTLE’S NICOMACHEAN ETHICS 10.7-8 (pages 31-49)

Timothy ROCHE ABSTRACT: Two views continue to be defended today. One is that the account of eudaimonia in EN 10 is inconsistent with claims made about it in other books of the work. The other view is that the account in EN 10 is consistent with other claims made in the other books because Aristotle presents one account of perfect ... Read More »

EUTHYPHRO AND THE LOGIC OF MIASMA (pages 51-60)

Maureen ECKERT ABSTRACT: Euthyphro is a Socratic interlocutor claiming enormous religious expertise, while his portrayal in the eponymous dialogue raises questions the reliability of his beliefs. This paper closely examines how Euthyphro justifies his case against his father, identifying an argument that relies on the concept of miasma (pollution). In so far as miasma is considered in isolation, Euthyphro has ... Read More »

BOUNDLESS SKEPTICISM AND THE FIVE MODES (pages 61-75)

Allysson Vasconcelos Lima ROCHA ABSTRACT: There is a difference between the tasks of interpreting Sextus Empiricus and contesting his arguments. Usually, one does the latter relying on some version of the former. Though this seems obvious, it is easy to make mistakes in this endeavor. From this point, I draw two basic recommendations which we should follow, lest we take ... Read More »

A GIFT FROM THE GODS: SOCRATIC KNOWLEDGE IN PLATO’S LATE DIALOGUES (pages 77-94)

Daniel LARKIN ABSTRACT: While much attention has been paid to the role of divine inspiration in the case of Socrates within Plato’s early and middle period dialogues, this paper examines Plato’s late period works and argues that despite the drastic changes in methodology found in dialogues such as the Sophist and Philebus, Plato still acknowledges, and emphasizes, the role played ... Read More »

SKEPTICAL FIDEISM IN CICERO’S DE NATURA DEORUM (pages 95-106)

Brian RIBEIRO ABSTRACT: The work of Richard H. Popkin both introduced the concept of skeptical fideism and served to impressively document its importance in the philosophies of a diverse range of thinkers, including Montaigne, Pascal, Huet, and Bayle. Popkin’s landmark History of Scepticism, however, begins its coverage with the Renaissance. In this paper I explore the roots of skeptical fideism ... Read More »

MENO’S PARADOX IS AN EPISTEMIC REGRESS PROBLEM (pages 107-120)

Andrew CLING ABSTRACT: I give an interpretation according to which Meno’s paradox is an epistemic regress problem. The paradox is an argument for skepticism assuming that (1) acquired knowledge about an object X requires prior knowledge about what X is and (2) any knowledge must be acquired. (1) is a principle about having reasons for knowledge and about the epistemic ... Read More »

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