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Greek BuddhaPyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia$
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Christopher I. Beckwith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691176321

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.001.0001

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Pyrrho’s Thought

Pyrrho’s Thought

Beyond Humanity

(p.22) Chapter 1 Pyrrho’s Thought
Greek Buddha

Christopher I. Beckwith

Princeton University Press

A brief passage that derives ultimately from the lost dialogue Pythō “Python” by Timon of Phlius is considered the single most important testimony for the thought of his teacher, Pyrrho. Because it is preserved in a chapter of a history of philosophy by Aristocles of Messene, it is generally known as “the Aristocles passage.” The subject of Pyrrho's entire declaration is pragmata, which is translated as “ethical things, matters (etc.).” For Pyrrho, pragmata are always and only ethical “topics, questions, matters, affairs” which people dispute or try to interpret with antilogies—opposed choices such as Good: Bad, or True: False. This chapter examines Pyrrh's declaration section by section.

Keywords:   Pyrrho of Elis, Aristocles passage, pragmata, ethical matters

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