What is Sensory Skepticism?July 1, 2021
Skepticism, which asserts that the information brought by sensations is subjective.
Sensuous skepticism leaves the objective basis of sensation and deals with its subjective side. In this respect, it is both sensuous and subjectivist. Famous skeptics of Ancient Greek thought, such as Pyrrhon, Aenesidemos, Timon, Agrippa, Zenodotos, argue that it is necessary to suspect that objects exist as we perceive them; because each person’s sense is different, and since everyone perceives with his own sense, he acquires a unique knowledge that is unlike anyone else’s. In order to prove this idea, especially Aenesidemus put forward a preliminary evidence called tropos.
This evidence can be summarized as follows: We would all have the same thoughts or knowledge if we all perceived in the same way, whereas we all have diverse and dissimilar thoughts. So there is no objective reality, we should always doubt our knowledge. Sensuous skeptics draw a purely idealistic conclusion from this: the same cause can have various consequences; The sun darkens, browns, melts and burns. Therefore, there is no causality, since there is no causality, there is no becoming, in other words motion. This great mistake made by sensuous skeptics is the result of leaving the objective basis of sensation and considering only its subjective side.