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  1. Aristotle's 'Cosmic Nose' Argument for the Uniqueness of the World.Tim O'Keefe & Harald Thorsrud - 2003 - 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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    Cicero on His Academic Predecessors: The Fallibilism of Arcesilaus and Carneades.Harald Thorsrud - 2002 - 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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    Cicero: The Philosophy of a Roman Sceptic. [REVIEW]Harald Thorsrud - forthcoming - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism.
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    Ancient Scepticism.Harald Thorsrud - 2009 - University of California Press.
    Scepticism, a philosophical tradition that casts doubt on our ability to gain knowledge of the world and suggests suspending judgment in the face of uncertainty, has been influential since its beginnings in ancient Greece. Harald Thorsrud provides an engaging, rigorous introduction to the central themes, arguments, and general concerns of ancient Scepticism, from its beginnings with Pyrrho of Elis to the writings of Sextus Empiricus in the second century A.D. Thorsrud explores the differences among Sceptics and examines in particular the (...)
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  5. Arcesilaus and Carneades.Harald Thorsrud - 2010 - In Richard Arnot Home Bett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism. Cambridge University Press.
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    Is the Examined Life Worth Living? A Pyrrhonian Alternative.Harald Thorsrud - 2003 - Apeiron 36 (3):229 - 249.
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    Aristotle’s Dichotomous Anthropology: What is Most Human in the Nicomachean Ethics?Harald Thorsrud - 2015 - Apeiron 48 (3):346-367.
    Journal Name: Apeiron Issue: Ahead of print.
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    Grasp and Dissent: Cicero and Epicurean Philosophy by Stefano Maso. [REVIEW]Harald Thorsrud - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (4):675-676.
    This book will be of considerable interest to those familiar with Hellenistic philosophy generally and with Cicero’s philosophical dialogues in particular. Maso’s close readings of the primary texts produce many valuable insights into Cicero’s philosophical worldview and his complex and nuanced attitude toward Epicurean physics, theology, epistemology, and ethics. One of the central themes of the work is the tempering of Cicero’s devotion to the primacy of the political life. Maso aims to show how this is reflected over time in (...)
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    Sextus Empiricus on Skeptical Piety.Harald Thorsrud - 2011 - In Diego E. Machuca (ed.), New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism. Brill. pp. 91-111.
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    Pyrrhonism 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]Harald Thorsrud - 2012 - The Classical Review 62 (1):120-121.
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    Timon of Phlius.Harald Thorsrud - 2012 - Ancient Philosophy 32 (1):213-217.
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    Cicero’s Academic Skepticism.Harald Thorsrud - 2006 - 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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    Review of Sextus Empiricus, Richard Bett (Ed., Tr.), Sextus Empiricus: Against the Logicians[REVIEW]Harald Thorsrud - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (1).
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    Sextus Empiricus. Against the Physicists. Translated and Edited by Richard Bett. [REVIEW]Harald Thorsrud - 2014 - Ancient Philosophy 34 (1):228-231.
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    Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.10.56.Harald Thorsrud - unknown
    coherent historical narrative. 1 As Thorsrud himself recognizes, 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 explains them both (...)
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    Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato. [REVIEW]Harald Thorsrud - 2013 - Polis 30 (2):364-369.