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Sextus Empiricus

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Sextus Empiricus (Greek: Σέξτος Ἐμπειρικός, Sextos Empeiricos; fl. mid-late 2nd century AD) was a Greek Pyrrhonist philosopher and Empiric school physician. His philosophical works are the most complete surviving account of ancient Greek and Roman Pyrrhonism, and because of the arguments they contain against the other Hellenistic philosophies, they are also a major source of information about those philosophies. In his medical work, as reflected by his name, tradition maintains that he belonged to the Empiric school in which Pyrrhonism was popular. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sextus Empiricus has received more than 478,331 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Sextus Empiricus is the 188th most popular philosopher (down from 181st in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

Sextus Empiricus is most famous for his work "Outlines of Pyrrhonism." His work is a commentary on the teachings of Pyrrho of Elis, who was a skeptic philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Sextus Empiricus ranks 188 out of 1,081Before him are Emmanuel Levinas, Posidonius, Hippasus, Han Fei, Jakob Böhme, and Muhammad Abduh. After him are Athanasius Kircher, Melissus of Samos, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Ernest Renan, Pierre Bayle, and John Scotus Eriugena.

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Among people born in 160, Sextus Empiricus ranks 1After him are Julia Domna and Sextus Julius Africanus. Among people deceased in 210, Sextus Empiricus ranks 1After him is Zhou Yu.

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Among people born in Egypt, Sextus Empiricus ranks 66 out of 582Before him are Eli Cohen (1924), Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184), Cleopatra Selene II (-40), Saint Apollonia (110), Meritaten (-1400), and Muhammad Abduh (1849). After him are Shoshenq I (-1000), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Appian (95), Paul of Thebes (227), Saint Maurice (250), and Eric Hobsbawm (1917).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Sextus Empiricus ranks 6Before him are Origen (185), Plotinus (203), Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), and Muhammad Abduh (1849). After him are Ammonius Saccas (175), John Philoponus (490), Saadia Gaon (882), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Valentinus (100), and Ammonius Hermiae (440).