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Philo of Larissa (c.159–c.83 BC)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A083-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Philo, head of the Academy from 110 to 88 bc, likened philosophy to medicine. No doubt he was a conscientious therapist himself; but we know little enough about his methods and practices. For most of his life he seems to have been a happy sceptic, and an unremarkable one. But towards the end of his career he introduced – or was deemed to have introduced – startling innovations into the Academy: in particular, by rejecting or modifying the reigning definition of knowledge he was able to separate himself from the scepticism of his school and to rewrite its history.

Citing this article:
Barnes, Jonathan. Philo of Larissa (c.159–c.83 BC), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A083-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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