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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY IX

XENIADES [81 DK]

R A Rapprochement between Xeniades and Xenophanes (R1)

R1 (> 81.) Sext. Emp. Adv. Math. 7.53

Ξενιάδης δὲ ὁ Κορίνθιος [. . . = D1] δυνάμει τῆς αὐτῆς ἔχεται τῷ Ξενοφάνει στάσεως. μὴ ὄντος γάρ τινος ἀληθοῦς κατὰ διαφορὰν τοῦ ψεύδους, ἀλλὰ πάντων ψευδῶν ὄντων καὶ διὰ τοῦτο ἀκαταλήπτων, οὐδὲ διακριτικόν τι τούτων ἔσται κριτήριον.

A Contrast with Protagoras (R2)

R2 (≠ DK) Sext. Emp. Adv. Math. 7.388

εἰ γὰρ κριτήριον ἀπολειπτέον1 τὴν φαντασίαν, ἤτοι πᾶσαν ἀληθῆ φαντασίαν λεκτέον εἶναι, καθὼς ἔλεγεν

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XENIADES

XENIADES

R A Rapprochement between Xeniades and Xenophanes (R1)

R1 (> 81.) Sextus Empiricus, Against the Logicians

Xeniades of Corinth [. . .] occupies potentially the same position as Xenophanes. For if nothing true exists that would be different from what is false, but all things are false and for this reason cannot be known, there will not exist either any criterion that could distinguish among them [cf. XEN. R21b].

A Contrast with Protagoras (R2)

R2 (≠ DK) Sextus Empiricus, Against the Logicians

For if one admits that the representation (phantasia) is the criterion, then one must say either that every representation

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.xeniades-reception.2016