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Logos & Episteme

Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019

Epistemology’s Ancient Origins and New Developments

Harald Thorsrud
Pages 15-29
DOI: 10.5840/logos-episteme20191012

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.

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