Richard Bett

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Richard Arnot Home Bett holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Classics at the Johns Hopkins University.[1] He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from UC Berkeley, he spent 1994-5 as a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C. From January 2000 to June 2001 he was Acting Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association, and he was Secretary-Treasurer of its Eastern Division from 2003 to 2013.[2]

Professor Bett specializes in ancient Greek philosophy, and has strong interests in ancient and modern ethics and epistemology, as well as Nietzsche.[3]


  • Pyrrho, His Antecedents and His Legacy, Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-19-825065-4
  • The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism, Editor Richard Bett, Cambridge University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-521-69754-5


  • “Aristocles on Timon on Pyrrho: The text, It's Logic and it's Credibility.”, in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 15/1994, p.  137-181.
  • “Reactions to Aristotle in the Greek Sceptical Traditions”, Méthexis: Revista Internacional de Filosofia Antigua XII (1999), p. 17-34.
  • “What does Pyrrhonism have to do with Pyrrho?”, in Ancient Skepticism and the Skeptical Tradition: Acta Philosophica Fennica 66 (2000), p. 11-33.
  • “On the Pre-History of Pyrrhonism”, Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 15 (2000), p. 137-166.
  • “Nietzsche on the Skeptics and Nietzsche as Skeptic”, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 82 (2000), p. 62-86.



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