Some notes on Sextus Empiricus' method of approaching the téchnai

Authors

  • Rodrigo Pinto de Brito UFS
  • Alexandre Arantes Pereira Skvirsky PUC-Rio
  • Lauro Iane de Morais UFS

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14195/1984-249X_21_8

Keywords:

Pyrrhonism, Sextus Empiricus, Against the professors, Téchnai

Abstract

We aim to show how Sextus Empiricus develops his attack on the téchnai in Against the Professors (M I-VI). First of all, we will outline the concept of stoicheîon (plural: stoicheîa) in Aristotle, for we think that the wide use of the concept by the Hellenistic Philosophers addresses itself to Aristotle’s employment of it. Thus, Sextus Empiricus approaches the téchnai through a paradigm internal to their own systematization, from their “elements” (stoicheîa). Secondly, we will take into consideration Sextus’ approach to grammar, and we link this discussion on grammar to the other téchnai. Finally, we aim to identify  the political and pedagogical consequences of Sextus’ approach.

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Author Biographies

Rodrigo Pinto de Brito, UFS

Professor de Filosofia Antiga e helenística _UFS

Alexandre Arantes Pereira Skvirsky, PUC-Rio

Doutor em filosofia pela PUC-Rio.

Lauro Iane de Morais, UFS

Pesquisador do Grupo VivaVox

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2017-09-01

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Brito, R. P. de, Skvirsky, A. A. P., & de Morais, L. I. (2017). Some notes on Sextus Empiricus’ method of approaching the téchnai. Revista Archai, (21), 251. https://doi.org/10.14195/1984-249X_21_8