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Single Idea 6593

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 1. Scepticism]

Full Idea

The attacks of the Pyrrhonian sceptics are directed against the dogmas of the 'professors', not against the beliefs of the common people pursuing the business of daily life.


'Dogmas' are unsupported beliefs

Gist of Idea

The Pyrrhonians attacked the dogmas of professors, not ordinary people


report of Pyrrho (reports [c.325 BCE]) by Robert Fogelin - Walking the Tightrope of Reason Ch.4

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.115

A Reaction

This may be because they thought that ordinary people were too confused to be worth attacking, rather than because they lived in a state of beautifully appropriate beliefs. Na´ve realism is certainly worth attacking.