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  1. Harald Thorsrud, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.10.56.
    coherent historical narrative. 1 As Thorsrud himself recognizes (pp. x, 16), this is not an easy enterprise, since virtually every part of that narrative could be challenged. Although it is primarily aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, the book is by no means lacking in interest to specialists, since Thorsrud does not sacrifice scholarly analysis and rigor for accessibility. An attractive aspect of his exposition is that he continuously reflects on the sense and soundness of the ancient skeptical stances and (...)
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  2. Harald Thorsrud (2015). Aristotle’s Dichotomous Anthropology: What is Most Human in the Nicomachean Ethics? Apeiron (3):346-367.
    Journal Name: Apeiron Issue: Ahead of print.
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  3. Harald Thorsrud (2014). Sextus Empiricus. Against the Physicists. Translated and Edited by Richard Bett. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 34 (1):228-231.
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  4. Harald Thorsrud (2013). Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato. [REVIEW] Polis 30 (2):364-369.
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  5. Harald Thorsrud (2012). Pyrrhonism (C.) Perin The Demands of Reason. An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism. Pp. X + 130. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Cased, £27.50. ISBN: 978-0-19-955790-5. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 62 (1):120-121.
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  6. Harald Thorsrud (2012). Timon of Phlius. Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):213-217.
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  7. Harald Thorsrud (2011). Sextus Empiricus on Skeptical Piety. In Diego E. Machuca (ed.), New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism. Brill 126--91.
  8. Harald Thorsrud (2010). Arcesilaus and Carneades. In Richard Arnot Home Bett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism. Cambridge University Press
  9. Harald Thorsrud (2009). Ancient Scepticism. University of California Press.
    Introduction -- Pyrrho and Timon: the origin of Pyrrhonian scepticism -- Arcesilaus: the origin of academic scepticism -- Carneades -- Cicero: the end of the sceptical academy -- Aenesidemus: the Pyrrhonian revival -- Sextus empiricus: the consistency of Pyrrhonian -- Scepticism -- Pyrrhonian arguments -- The (ordinary) life of a Pyrrhonist.
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  10. Harald Thorsrud (2007). Review of Sextus Empiricus, Richard Bett (Ed., Tr.), Sextus Empiricus: Against the Logicians. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (1).
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  11. Harald Thorsrud, Cicero’s Academic Skepticism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    I distinguish two varieties of ancient skepticism on the basis of their competing attitudes towards reason. Pyrrhonian skeptics, according to Sextus Empiricus, not only doubt our ability to arrive at true beliefs, but also the value of doing so, whereas the Academics, as portrayed by Cicero, are committed to the view that true beliefs are as beneficial as they are difficult to acquire. Next, I examine Academic epistemology, focusing on one of Cicero's most important and problematic philosophical coinages---probabilitas . He (...)
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  12. Tim O'Keefe & Harald Thorsrud (2003). Aristotle's 'Cosmic Nose' Argument for the Uniqueness of the World. Apeiron 36 (4):311 - 326.
    David Furley's work on the cosmologies of classical antiquity is structured around what he calls "two pictures of the world." The first picture, defended by both Plato and Aristotle, portrays the universe, or all that there is (to pan), as identical with our particular ordered world-system. Thus, the adherents of this view claim that the universe is finite and unique. The second system, defended by Leucippus and Democritus, portrays an infinite universe within which our particular kosmos is only one of (...)
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  13. Harald Thorsrud (2003). Is the Examined Life Worth Living? A Pyrrhonian Alternative. Apeiron 36 (3):229 - 249.
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  14. Harald Thorsrud (2002). Cicero on His Academic Predecessors: The Fallibilism of Arcesilaus and Carneades. Journal of the History of Philosophy 40 (1):1-18.
    Harald Thorsrud - Cicero on his Academic Predecessors: the Fallibilism of Arcesilaus and Carneades - Journal of the History of Philosophy 40:1 Journal of the History of Philosophy 40.1 1-18 Cicero on his Academic Predecessors: the Fallibilism of Arcesilaus and Carneades Harald Thorsrud IN AN IMPORTANT PAPER, Couissin argued for what has come to be called the dialectical interpretation of Academic skepticism. On this interpretation, Arcesilaus and Carneades practiced the same, purely dialectical method -- they would elicit assent to premises (...)
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