Grim’s Guide to Pyrrhonism

Once again it is time to play the paradox and be as contradictory as the Mad Hatter.  Though I strive to add ridiculous amounts of personality to these posts, we maintain a certain methodical nature in our Quest for Informational Enlightenment.

A friend recently Emailed me a link to a Wiki about Pyrrhonism. He described it as the ultimate form of skepticism. Pyrrhonism, or Pyrrhonian skepticism, was a school of skepticism founded by Aenesidemus in the first century BC. It was named after Pyrrho, a philosopher. The details are sketchy at best but we work with what we have.

Anyway, this is how it works. For the Pyrrhonists, it is our opinions or unwarranted judgments of things which turn them into desire, painful effort, and disappointment. It would seem that this form of skepticism allows one to attain some inner tranquility through indifference. Complete indifference is somewhat difficult to accomplish, as one must eventually get down from the fence to eat. However keeping in mind the principles of Pyrrhonian skepticism, new and amazing possibilities open up for our Quest for Informational Enlightenment

While I can see the benefits of this outlook I maintain my right to be judgmental and opinionated for the sake of entertainment alone:)


~ by grimsguide on December 2, 2008.

One Response to “Grim’s Guide to Pyrrhonism”

  1. First, if you want to play paradox consider this; Could an omnipotent being create a stone so heavy that not even they could lift it?

    Second, you end your post with “While I can see the benefits of this outlook I maintain my right to be judgmental and opinionated for the sake of entertainment alone:)”. I truly believe that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs (judgments) and opinions. However, if it is enlightenment you seek, then you must be skeptical of your own judgments and opinions. In other words keep an open mind, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, et cetera.

    The definition of skepticism (Greek: skeptomai, to look about, to consider;).
    A Pyrrhonian skeptic carefully considers everything they encounter and takes nothing for granted. But they do not just doubt for the sake of doubting. I think there is a stigma on the word skeptic.

    Note carefully this description: “Pyrrhonism, is the philosophical position that one should avoid the postulation of final truths. Turned on itself, skepticism would question that skepticism is a valid perspective at all.” First, it speaks of postulation, a postulate is a proposition that is not proved or demonstrated but considered to be self-evident. Second it uses words like “avoid” and “question”. I feel that a Pyrrhonist can speculate, assume, and even believe, as long as you remember that you are on a speculative path as soon an you make an assumption.

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