Pyrrho of Elis

<history of philosophy, biography> Greek philosopher (365-270 BC) who originated classical skepticism. Since there are plausible arguments for both sides of any issue, Pyrrho argued, the only rational practice is to suspend all judgment, abandon worries of every kind (Gk. ataraxia), and live comfortably in an appreciation of the appearances. His teachings were preserved and amplified by his pupil Timon of Philius. Recommended Reading: Edwyn Bevan, Stoics and Skeptics (Ares, 1980) and Richard Bett, Pyrrho, His Antecedents, and His Legacy (Oxford, 2000).

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