Rachel Ashcroft in Arc Digital:
Even the way in which coronavirus data is presented can radically change our perception of its impact, depending on which factors have been included and which have been discarded.
The confusion over what works and what doesn’t can leave us feeling deeply overwhelmed.
It’s little wonder, then, that in this anxiety-riddled time many are turning to Stoicism and its promise of courage and calm. However, I’d like to recommend something different. Pyrrhonism, a lesser-known philosophy from the same time as Stoicism, argues that we don’t know how things around us really are. Let’s give it a closer look, since this seems to be the very epistemic position we seem to find ourselves in today.