24. Pyrrhonism

  1. Mary Louise Gill2 and
  2. Pierre Pellegrin3
  1. Jacques Brunschwig

Published Online: 8 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch24

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy

How to Cite

Brunschwig, J. (2012) Pyrrhonism, in A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (eds M. L. Gill and P. Pellegrin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305845.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    National Center for Scientific Research (Paris), France

Author Information

  1. University of Paris I - Panthéon - Sorbonne, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 2 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631210610

Online ISBN: 9781444305845



  • Pyrrhonism;
  • “Pyrrhonism,” taken strictly, the philosophy of Pyrrho of Elis;
  • the Pyrrhonist tradition, principal philosophical endeavor to overturn “dogmatism”;
  • “Pyrrhonism,” meaning frequently skepticism;
  • Diogenes Laertius's biography of Pyrrho, vivid, if not always credible;
  • the Pyrrhonist critique, aiming at perceptual and value judgments;
  • lacunae or indefiniteness in Aenesidemus's Pyrrhonism;
  • Sextus Empiricus, eulogized at the end of the skeptical “succession”;
  • the version of Pyrrhonism, the defensive effort it embodies;
  • Pyrrhonism, a program for happiness, never seeming to have forgotten it


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pyrrho and Timon

  • From Timon to Aenesidemus

  • Agrippa

  • Sextus Empiricus

  • Bibliography