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Ancient Epistemology (Lloyd P Gerson) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521691895
Ancient Epistemology (Lloyd P Gerson) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521691895
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Title: Ancient Epistemology

Author: Gerson, Lloyd P

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521691895

Volumes: 1; Pages: 190

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This is the first title in the Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy series, which provides concise books, written by major scholars and accessible to non-specialists, on important themes in ancient philosophy which remain of philosophical interest today. In this book, Professor Gerson explores ancient accounts of the nature of knowledge and belief from the Presocratics up to the Platonists of late antiquity. He argues that ancient philosophers generally held a naturalistic view of knowledge as well as of belief. Hence, knowledge was not viewed as a stipulated or semantically determined type of belief but was rather a real or objectively determinable achievement. In fact, its attainment was identical with the highest possible cognitive achievement, namely wisdom. It was this naturalistic view of knowledge at which the ancient Skeptics took aim. The book concludes by comparing the ancient naturalistic epistemology with some contemporary versions.Contents1. Ancient and modern perspectives2. The origin of epistemology3. Plato4. Aristotle5. Epicureanism and Stoicism6. Skepticism7. Plotinus and the Neoplatonic synthesis8. Varieties of naturalismBibliographical essay
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