The Skeptic's Language Game

Does Sextus Empiricus Violate Normal Language Use?

  • Kyle Shaffer
Keywords: philosophy, sextus empiricus, language, pyrrhonean


This paper seeks to critique Pyrrhonean skepticism by way of language analysis. Linguistic aspects of Pyrrhonism are first examined utilizing the later writing of Wittgenstein. Pyrrhonean languageuse is then critiqued using H.P. Grice’s concept of implicature to demonstrate shared knowledge between speakers. Finally, a teleological model of communication is sketched using ideas from Jerry Fodor. If the Pyrrhonist denies speaking to communicate mental states, we are justified in questioning why we should listen to what she says.

How to Cite
Shaffer, K. (2019). The Skeptic’s Language Game: Does Sextus Empiricus Violate Normal Language Use?. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 3(1), 47-54. Retrieved from