Pyrrhonism in a Nutshell

The philosopher Pyrrho of Elis, founder of Pyrrhonism

Pyrrhonism, like many of the other Hellenistic philosophies, sets forth a prescription of how to live a life of eudaimonia (happiness, flourishing, and excellence). The Pyrrhonist view is that what enables one to achieve eudaimonia is to achieve a consistent state of equanimity. The Greek term for this state is ataraxia, meaning a mental state of being unperturbed, untroubled, and unanxious. Pyrrho, the founder of Pyrrhonism, borrowed the term…

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Douglas C. Bates

Douglas C. Bates

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Ancient Greek philosophy as self-help. Author of “Pyrrho’s Way: The Ancient Greek Version of Buddhism.”