Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism: Plato defined philosophy as the love of wisdom. Philosophers ever since have quested for the Truth. Sextus Empiricus suggests that maybe this pursuit is bound to fail. Things look one way when we are healthy, one way when we are sick, another way when we touch our eye, and other ways depending on the scientists who we have been reading lately. Rather than pursue Truth, Sextus suggests that we say how things appear to us and “no more” and then live our lives in accord with our feelings and community norms. This short, clear, funny text is the perfect antidote to dogmatism inside and outside of the academy. [recommended by Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University]

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