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SEXTUS EMPIRICUS

AND

GREEK SCEPTICISM

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GREEK SCEPTICISM

A Thesis accepted for the Degree of Doctor of
Philosophy in the University of Bern
Switzerland, November 1897

BY

MARY MILLS PATRICK

PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE, CONSTANTINOPLE

TURKEY

This Thesis is accompanied by a Translation from the Greek
of the First Book of the "Pyrrhonic Sketches"
by Sextus Empiricus

CAMBRIDGE

DEIGHTON BELL & CO.

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS

1899

HARVARD COLLEGE

FEB 6 1902

LIBRARY Constantius fund.

CAMBRIDGE

PRINTED BY JONATHAN PALMER

ALEXANDRA STREET

PREFACE

THE following treatise on Sextus Empiricus and Greek Scepticism has been prepared to supply a need much felt in the English language by students of Greek philosophy. For while other schools of Greek philosophy have been exhaustively and critically discussed by English scholars, there are few sources of information available to the student who wishes to make himself familiar with the teachings of Pyrrhonism. The aim has been, accordingly, to give a concise presentation of Pyrrhonism in relation to its historical development and the Scepticism of the Academy, with critical references to the French and German works existing on the subject. The time and manner of the connection of Sextus Empiricus with the Pyrrhonean School has also been discussed.

As the First Book of the Hypotyposes, or Pyrrhonic Sketches by Sextus Empiricus, contains the substance of the teachings of Pyrrhonism, it has been hoped that a translation of it into English might prove a useful contribution to the literature on Pyrrhonism, and this transla

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