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Epistemology : Companions to Ancient Thought, 1 - Stephen Everson

Epistemology

Companions to Ancient Thought, 1

By: Stephen Everson (Editor)

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Published: 23rd April 1990
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In recent years philosophers have radically reappraised the importance and sophistication of the philosophical texts of the ancient world. This new series of Companions is intended particularly for students of ancient thought who will be reading the texts in translation but approaching them with the analytical skills of modern philosophy and with an eye to their contemporary as well as their historical significance. Each volume will be devoted to a specific field of philosophy and will contain discussions of relevant ideas of all the major philosophers and schools. The books will not attempt to provide a simplified conspectus of ancient views but rather critical discussions of the central and therefore representative arguments and theories.

A particular feature of the series will be its exploration of post-Aristotelian philosophy, which has been shown by recent scholarship to be both philosophically exciting and historically important.

This first Companion deals with Epistemology. The period from the sixth century B.C. to the second and third centuries A.D. was one of the most fertile for the theory of knowledge, and the range of 'epistemic states' explored in the ancient texts is much wider than those to be found in contemporary discussions of epistemology or cognition. Greek philosophers approached these problems in a great variety of ways, from the extreme relativism of Protagoras to the scepticism of the Pyrrhonists, and the contributors demonstrate both the familiarity and novelty of this range of views in their critical essays.

"The essays are well written, learned, and philosophically sophisticated." Choice "Overall, this is a fine collection of essays, one which can be read with profit either by a beginning student or by a scholar. The contributors discuss their subject in the best traditions of history of philosophy, showing knowledge of and respect for both ancient and modern traditions, without trying to make over either tradition in the interests of the other." Daniel W. Graham, Teaching Philosophy "Everson's first volume must be judged an unqualified success, since it demonstrates better than any comparable anthology both the variety and philosophical sophistication of ancient epistemological discussions." Philip Mitsis, Classical World

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The beginnings of epistemology: from Homer to Philolausp. 11
Protagoras and self-refutation in Plato's Theaetetusp. 39
Plato's early theory of knowledgep. 60
Knowledge and belief in Republic V-VIIp. 85
Aristotle's epistemologyp. 116
The problem of the criterionp. 143
Epicurus on the truth of the sensesp. 161
Stoic epistemologyp. 184
Some Ways of scepticismp. 204
An empiricist view of knowledge: memorismp. 225
Bibliographyp. 251
Index of namesp. 273
Index of passages discussedp. 278
Index of subjectsp. 285
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ISBN: 9780521349697
ISBN-10: 0521349699
Series: Companions to Ancient Thought, 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 23rd April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43