Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019
Epistemology’s Ancient Origins and New Developments
Sextus Empiricus on the Siren Song of Reason and the Skeptical Defense of Ordinary Life
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, ordinary life.