Anaxarchus on Indifference, Happiness, and Convention

In David Wolfsdorf (ed.), Ancient Greek Ethics. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
Tim O'Keefe
Georgia State University
Because of the state of our evidence, any reconstruction of Anaxarchus' ethics will be speculative and incomplete. But he seems to have a distinctive position. It overlaps with several disparate ethical traditions but is not merely a hodge-podge; it hangs together as a unified whole. His assertion that things are indifferent in value and that realizing this indifference leads to contentment recalls Pyrrho and the layer Pyrrhonian skeptics. But this doctrine of indifference is rooted in Democritean atomism. And in his pursuit of pleasure and dismissiveness of conventional standards of what is just, noble, and pious, Anaxarchus is closer to fifth century thinkers such as Aristippus, Antiphon, and Critias.
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