Cicero academic skepticism cicero 106 to 43 bce adopted the philosophical view of the academic skeptics as a young man sometime in the 80s in 89 8 philo of larissa the head of platos academy fled from athens to rome for political reasonswhile at rome cicero attended philos public lectures and began to study philosophy with him. He was thus closely acquainted with academic skepticism cicero was one kind of academic skeptic augustine sees the force of ancient skeptical strategies even though he does not become a skeptic he integrates distinctively skeptical moves into his thought. Cicero on academic scepticism provides us with an insight into the hellenistic philosophy in general and in particular stoicism and academic scepticism the book is written in the form of a dialogue between cicero academic scepticism and two stoic interlocutors lucullus and varro. Brittains on academic scepticism is more than a translation it is a thorough introduction to the study of one of ciceros most important philosophical dialogues a work which is the key to understanding hellenistic scepticism and a great deal of the latin philosophical tradition shaped by cicero
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