A. Concept and general characteristics
The term scepticus is the neo-Latin form of a term that originated with Diogenes Laertius (9,69) for followers of the Greek philosopher Pyrrhon of Elis (c. 300 BC), to whom a specific form of sceptical philosophy was already attributed in Antiquity. Latinizations of other Greek terms for proponents of this philosophy also remained even longer in use (e.g. aporeticus, zeteticus, epheticus) [29.105].
The early modern use of the term S. (usually not including exponents of the Academic S. pursued at the Platonic Academy fro…
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Weichenhan, Michael (Berlin),
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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