315 BC - 240 BC

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Arcesilaus (; Greek: Ἀρκεσίλαος; 316/5–241/0 BC) was a Greek Hellenistic philosopher. He was the founder of Academic Skepticism and what is variously called the Second or Middle or New Academy – the phase of the Platonic Academy in which it embraced philosophical skepticism. Arcesilaus succeeded Crates of Athens as the sixth scholarch of the academy around 264 BC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arcesilaus has received more than 118,658 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Arcesilaus is the 229th most popular philosopher (up from 261st in 2019), the 198th most popular biography from Türkiye (up from 247th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Philosopher.

Arcesilaus was a philosopher of the Skeptic school and is most famous for his argument that nothing can be known for certain.

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Among philosophers, Arcesilaus ranks 229 out of 1,267Before him are Nikolai Berdyaev, Marsilius of Padua, Paul Feyerabend, Vyasa, Benjamin Constant, and Al-Jahiz. After him are Carneades, Roger Garaudy, Prodicus, Xenocrates, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, and Cleanthes.

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Among people born in 315 BC, Arcesilaus ranks 2Before him is Theocritus. After him are Aratus, and Leonidas II. Among people deceased in 240 BC, Arcesilaus ranks 3Before him are Euclid, and Callimachus. After him are Aratus, Zou Yan, and Posidippus.

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Among people born in Türkiye, Arcesilaus ranks 198 out of 1,347Before him are Fatma Sultan (1500), Gregory Palamas (1296), Zoë Porphyrogenita (978), Giorgos Seferis (1900), Cemal Gürsel (1895), and Ahmet Necdet Sezer (1941). After him are Romanos II (938), Xenocrates (-396), Cleanthes (-330), Ali ibn al-Athir (1160), Saint Timothy (17), and Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1002).


Among philosophers born in Türkiye, Arcesilaus ranks 16Before him are Leucippus (-500), Anaximenes of Miletus (-585), Chrysippus (-281), Proclus (412), Apollonius of Tyana (15), and Bias of Priene (-600). After him are Xenocrates (-396), Cleanthes (-330), Michael Psellos (1018), Heraclides Ponticus (-385), Priscus (410), and Alexander of Aphrodisias (200).