Hi MrP. The corrected proofs were sent. Hope they’ll correct all that is needed.
Back to the paper. I have read it like five times so as to note the final doubts. There are quite a lot; hope this is ok with you.

1) “For the Skeptic does not consider that the good relative to each person mentioned at AD v 89 is good by nature, so that the fact that there are things he regards as good, among which ataraxia, cannot be taken as the manifestation of any belief about their true nature.” Should I rather say “is a good by nature”.

2) “In sum, if one adopts the Skeptical stance, one is not automatically forced to take up any kind of tolerant or conservative view, so that one could be a full-fledged Skeptic while adopting an intolerant attitude or a stance very critical of convention and tradition.” Is this kind of use of “so that” correct? I’m not sure whether I’m not using it as I do it in Spanish.

3) “One could then argue that Sextus’ intention in AD v is to advance arguments against the widespread belief that there are good and bad by nature, so as to counterbalance it and reach isostheneia.” Is this clear?

4) “It is undeniable that sometimes Sextus expresses himself in a way that masks his actual suspensive state of mind. This fact is not at all strange or difficult to explain”. I know that “suspensive state of mind” sounds strange, but is it clear what I mean?

5) “Following the line of thought of section four, in section six I shall argue that the Skeptic does not regard the adoption of this attitude as inevitable and intrinsic to his Skepticism.” OK?

6) “In what follows I shall show that Sextus did not regard the search for ajtaraxiva as necessary and inherent in Pyrrhonism.” Ok?

7) “It does not seem possible to resolve this difficulty by arguing that the disturbance experienced by the future Skeptic was in reality the result of his search for the truth, since the full-fledged Skeptic does not rule out the possibility of discovering it in the course of his continual investigation. However, there still remains a crucial difference: unlike the future Skeptic, the mature Pyrrhonist does not keep on investigating with the conviction or belief that there certainly is a truth to be found.” Is this clear? Besides, what’s the difference between saying “continual investigation” and “continuing investigation”?

9) “In my view, this passage shows that Sextus is aware that a person’s choice of a particular end seems to be conditioned by the circumstantial factors that influence him. And, more importantly, it shows that Sextus thinks that if unperturbedness stopped to appear to the Skeptics as their most valuable personal good on account of the influence of some of these factors, this would not represent the loss of one of the defining features of their stance. That is, the fact of giving up unperturbedness as their aim would not prevent them from continuing to be what they are, namely Skeptics.”

10) “A Pyrrhonist’s adoption of a philanthropic stance seems to be accidental, since it appears to be solely the consequence of his living in a given society and of his belonging to a certain medical and philosophical milieu. If he happened to grow up in an individualistic society or be raised in a way that seeks to make him regard philanthropy as a naïve and impractical attitude, then he would probably adopt an individualistic stance.”

11) “I also hope to have proved that the Skeptic considers that neither his quest for unperturbedness nor the therapeutic function of his argumentation and its philanthropic motor are inherent in his philosophy.”

12) “Now, the passages quoted tell us that by suspending judgment the Pyrrhonist unexpectedly attained that very end which, at the beginning of his philosophical journey, he had thought he would reach by the contrary attitude, that is, by assenting to the view or views he would discover to be true, and hence by holding the correct beliefs.” Is it ok to use “would” with the past perfect?

13) “When a person lacks that which he regards as good”. Should I rather use “what” or “the thing” instead of “that which”?

14) “This may well be the result of the influence of the Skeptic’s philosophical milieu (I shall come back to this point in section four)”.

15) “The problem with Barnes’ and Striker’s view lies in that they overlook the fact that what makes people anxious, why they deal with philosophical questions, and whether or not they attain unperturbedness and happiness by suspending judgment seem to depend upon personal psychological traits”.

16) “It is therefore legitimate for Sextus to ‘advertise’ Skepticism as a path to unperturbedness and happiness as regards matters of belief, not because he can prove that the ‘product’ he is offering will certainly continue to have the same effect it has so far produced in a certain number of people, but only because there is no a priori reason which completely rules out both the possibility that the suspensive attitude will allow the Skeptics to maintain those states and the possibility that it will permit other people who pursue the same end to reach it.”

17) “About this subject we have quite enough disputes with the Dogmatists”. Is it correct to use the plural “disputes” here?

18) “He has attained what he wished from the very beginning, so that…” Should I rather use “that which he wished”?

19) “I believe Sextus is aware that these circumstantial factors do not exert an inescapable influence upon the Pyrrhonist, and hence aware that the Pyrrhonist he portrays can abandon both his search for unperturbedness and his concern for other people’s well-being. If this happens, the Skeptic will not stop being such, simply because the fact of abandoning that quest and concern does not entail the loss of his suspensive attitude and of his living by the appearances, aspects in which the distinctive character of his philosophy seems to lie.”

20) “The translations of Sextus’ texts are my own, but I have consulted Annas–Barnes 2000, Bury 1936–1949, Bett 1997, and Pellegrin 1997.”

21) “When applied to Skepticism, I shall translate the term ajgwghv, which is implicit in the present passage, as ‘way’. Depending on the context, it seems to have the sense of ‘way of life’ or ‘way of thought’.”

22) “Sextus also proceeds with caution at PH i 205, where he observes that, according to the Skeptics, unperturbedness ‘supervenes at the same time as suspension of judgment about all things’, thus avoiding any dogmatic affirmation about the relation between both states.” Is it correct to say “supervene at the same time”? since I’ve only seen the expressions “supervene on” or “upon”. Also, is the expression “proceeds with caution” correct in this context?

23) “The former may decide to engage in philosophical inquiry because, for instance, he happened to read a philosophy book or attend a philosophy lecture and found the experience captivating. The latter may wish to persuade his opponents because the ability to persuade others has turned out to be extremely useful for practical purposes, or simply because he finds the very fact of being able to do it pleasant.”

24) “Thus, contrary to Barnes’ interpretation, this text makes it completely clear that the person who adopts suspension of judgment only in some particular area(s) cannot properly be called ‘Skeptic’.” Should I rather say “ a ‘Skeptic’ ”?

25) “He is aware both that the Skeptics are not inevitably philanthropic and that those who happen to be so could perfectly well stop acting and feeling in a philanthropic way and become more individualistic and uncaring.”

26) “This difference which prevents Sextus from equating the former to the latter.” Or “with the latter” or “and the latter”? For I know that different options are available.

27) “Even if Barnes makes some qualifications, he intends to show, on the basis of a series of general assertions, that Sextus’ report of that which gave rise to anxiety in the Skeptics and of their hope of attaining happiness through investigation does not correspond to the way things really happen in life.” Is it ok to use “report” like this?

28) “I think that PH i 25 and 232–233 provide strong support for my view that the quest for ajtaraxiva is not essential to Pyrrhonism”. “Provide strong support for”?

29) “For, having begun to philosophize with the object of deciding between appearances and apprehending which are true and which false, so as to become unperturbed, he fell into the disagreement of equal force.” Should I remove the comma before “so as”?

30) “The Skeptics hoped to achieve unperturbedness by deciding the anomaly in the things which appear and are thought, but being unable to do this, they suspended judgment.” Are the commas ok?

31) “There are several texts that make reference to ataraxia as (a part of) the Skeptic’s end or as the reason why he does certain things”. Is the parenthesis clear?

32) “He intends to show that Sextus’ report of what gave rise to anxiety in the Skeptics and of their hope of attaining happiness through investigation does not correspond to the way things really happen in life.” Is this correct?

33) “Whether unperturbedness is regarded as one’s final end depends on whether its appearing as such is entailed by one’s own character and upbringing, as well as by one’s social, cultural, and philosophical background.” Is “whether” correctly used here?

34) “In sum, it appears to the Pyrrhonian ‘soul-doctor’ that something is wrong with his patients and he is spontaneously led to think of a corresponding treatment, without believing that they really are ill, that his philanthropy is something good in itself, that the treatment he uses is the one that must be applied from an objective point of view, or that the state of suspension which the treatment supposedly helps to attain is objectively beneficial.” Is the enumeration after “without” grammatically correct?

35) “That is, it appears to the Pyrrhonist that it is not entirely possible to avoid having the particular feelings of hunger and thirst, and hence to avoid having the desire to eat and drink. On the contrary, he is aware that as long as he acts according to a given set of laws and customs, he necessarily and involuntarily has certain appearances, but that his acting according to those particular laws and customs is not inevitable or unalterable”. Is it clear what I mean with “particular feelings” in contrast to what is said in the second sentence?

36) “He neither believes that showing his patients the apparent equipollence of the opposed views on a given topic is the objectively correct treatment to apply against conceit and rashness nor affirms that the final state of suspension that will apparently result from this treatment is good in itself.” Should I put a comma before “nor”? It is not completely clear to me how to use commas in these cases.

37) “Thus, it is legitimate to say that the Skeptic belongs to a ai{resi" only when this term is understood in a very practical sense that refers to a particular way of life.”.


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Hi MrP.

Just to tell you that I finally sent the paper. Now I must wait a couple of months to see if they accept it. Well, thanks for all your suggestions, and I'll see you around, as I must write some book reviews now and I'll certainly have to use the forum.

All best,

Good luck with the paper, Sextus!

I look forward to the next review. A very effective way of catching up on one's reading.

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