An Ancient Philosopher’s Criticism of Astrology: Sextus Empericus

Author: Koene, Dr. Bart
Abstract: This article gives a brief outline of pyrrhonism, the “skeptical way of life”, as it was described by the Greek physician Sextus Empericus. More extensively, it discusses his book Against the Astrologers, which describes and crticises astrology as it was practised in the 2nd or 3rd century AD. From Sextus’s description it is evident that the basic concepts of astrology have not changed much over the past 18 centuries. Surprisingly, much of his criticism seems fairly modern.
Keywords: pyrrhonism, skeptical, criticism
Publication: Correlation: Astrological Association Journal of Research Into Astrology
Issue: Volume 15 Issue 2
Dated: 1996/1997
Pages: Pages 26 – 34

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