Scripta Antiquitatis Posterioris ad Ethicam REligionemque pertinentia
Schriften der späteren Antike zu ethischen und religiösen Fragen

Im Auftrag der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen herausgegeben von

Reinhard Feldmeier, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath (Sprecher), Rainer Hirsch-Luipold


Sapere-Zitat für den Monat Mai

μόνον οὖν διακόνοις ἐχρῶντο τοῖς λόγοις· οὐ γὰρ οἷόν τε ἦν μὴ λόγῳ λόγον ἀνελεῖν· καθ’ ὃν τρόπον εἰώθαμεν λέγειν τόπον μὴ εἶναι καὶ δεῖ πάντως τὸν τόπον εἰπεῖν, ἀλλ’ οὐ δογματικῶς, ἀποδεικτικῶς δέ· καὶ μηδὲν γίνεσθαι κατ’ ἀνάγκην καὶ δεῖ τὴν ἀνάγκην εἰπεῖν. τοιούτῳ τινὶ τρόπῳ τῆς ἑρμηνείας ἐχρῶντο· οἷα γὰρ φαίνεται τὰ πράγματα, μὴ τοιαῦτα εἶναι τῇ φύσει, ἀλλὰ μόνον φαίνεσθαι· ζητεῖν τ’ ἔλεγον οὐχ ἅπερ νοοῦσιν, ὅ τι γὰρ νοεῖται δῆλον, ἀλλ’ ὧν ταῖς αἰσθήσεσι μετίσχουσιν.

"The sceptics used statements only as tools. For one cannot refute a statement except by means of a statement. In the same way, we have a habit of saying, that pace "is not", but we alwys must mention the place – not in a dogmatic way, but just for purposes of reference. And in saying that nothing happens by necessity, one must still mention necessity. The sceptics relied on a similar style of expressing themselves, saying that, however things appear to be, they are not that way by nature, but they only seem to be. They said, that they investigate not their thoughts, since what one thinks is evident to oneself, but what they access by the senses."

Sapere volume 25: Pyrrhonian Scepticism in Diogenes Laertius, p. 26.

Jörg von Alvensleben, 30.04.2016


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