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Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine (Luca Castagnoli) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521896313
Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine (Luca Castagnoli) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521896313
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Title: Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine

Author: Castagnoli, Luca

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521896313

Volumes: 1; Pages: 414

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A ?self-refutation argument' is any argument which aims at showing that (and how) a certain thesis is self-refuting. This is the first book-length treatment of ancient self-refutation and provides a unified account of what is distinctive in the ancient approach to the self-refutation argument, on the basis of close philological, logical and historical analysis of a variety of sources. It examines the logic, force, and prospects of this original style of argumentation within the context of ancient philosophical debates, dispelling various misconceptions concerning its nature and purpose and elucidating some important differences which exist both within the ancient approach to self-refutation and between that approach, as a whole, and some modern counterparts of it. In providing a comprehensive account of ancient self-refutation, the book advances our understanding of influential and debated texts and arguments from philosophers like Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, the Academic sceptics, the Pyrrhonists and Augustine.ContentsIntroduction Part I. Truth, Falsehood and Self-Refutation 1. Preliminaries 2. A modern approach: Mackie on the absolute self-refutation of 'nothing is true' 3. Setting the ancient stage: Dissoi Logoi 4.6 4. Self-refutation and dialectic: Plato 5. Speaking to Antiphasis: Aristotle 6. Introducing peritroph: Sextus Empiricus 7. Augustine's turn 8. Interim conclusions Part II. Pragmatic, Ad Hominem and Operational Self-Refutation 9. Epicurus against the determinist: blame and reversal 10. Anti-sceptical dilemmas: pragmatic or ad hominem self-refutations? 11. Must we philosophise? Aristotle's protreptic argument 12. Augustine's 'Si fallor, sum': how to prove one's existence by Consequentia Mirabilis 13. A step back: operational self-refutations in Plato Part III. Scepticism and Self-Refutation 14. Self-bracketing Pyrrhonism: Sextus Empiricus 15. Scepticism and self-refutation: looking backwards Conclusion
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