This volume of Sextus attacks the geometers and the arithmeticians among others Predictably he attacks geometry at its weak point, the hypotheses and the undefined terms How can you have points that don t take up any space, how can lines be made up of points If the hypotheses are arbitrary, or even unsound, why should anything that follows from them be considered true Etc The attack on number seems to be of an attack on the abstract form of number, a critique that applies to any abstract idea It is possible I think to reply to him today, but it took a long time and back then I don t think anyone had a good reply to the mathematical skeptic Developing Hilbert style implicit definition and Peano s Postulates for natural number did not happen overnight, but it did happen. Sextus Empiricus Ca CE , Exponent Of Scepticism And Critic Of The Dogmatists, Was A Greek Physician And Philosopher, Pupil And Successor Of The Medical Sceptic Herodotus Not The Historian Of Tarsus He Probably Lived For Years In Rome And Possibly Also In Alexandria And Athens His Three Surviving Works AreOutlines Of Pyrrhonismthree Books On The Practical And Ethical Scepticism Of Pyrrho Of Elis, Ca BCE, As Developed Later, Presenting Also A Case Against The DogmatistsAgainst The Dogmatistsfive Books Dealing With The Logicians, The Physicists, And The Ethicists AndAgainst The Professorssix Books Grammarians, Rhetors, Geometers, Arithmeticians, Astrologers, And Musicians These Two Latter Works Might Be Called A General Criticism Of Professors Of All Arts And Sciences Sextus S Work Is A Valuable Source For The History Of Thought Especially Because Of His Development And Formulation Of Former Sceptic Doctrines The Loeb Classical Library Edition Of Sextus Empiricus Is In Four Volumes
Ancient Mediterranean physician and philosopher His philosophical work is the most complete surviving account of ancient Greek and Roman skepticism.In his medical work, tradition maintains that he belonged to the empiric school , as reflected by his name However, at least twice in his writings, Sextus seems to place himself closer to the methodic school , as his philosophical views imply.
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