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What the Ancients Offer to Contemporary Epistemology

ISBN 9780367361402
Published September 25, 2019 by Routledge
240 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book encourages renewed attention by contemporary epistemologists to an area most of them overlook: ancient philosophy. Readers are invited to revisit writings by Plato, Aristotle, Pyrrho, and others, and to ask what new insights might be gained from those philosophical ancestors. Are there ideas, questions, or lines of thought that were present in some ancient philosophy and that have subsequently been overlooked? Are there contemporary epistemological ideas, questions, or lines of thought that can be deepened by gazing back upon some ancient philosophy? The answers are 'yes' and 'yes', according to this book’s 13 chapters, written by philosophers seeking to enrich contemporary epistemology through engaging with ancient epistemology. 

Key features:

  • Blends ancient epistemology with contemporary epistemology, each reciprocally enriching each.
  • Conceptually sensitive chapters by scholars of ancient epistemology.
  • Historically sensitive chapters by scholars of contemporary epistemology.
  • Clearly written chapters, guiding readers at once through central elements both of ancient and of contemporary epistemology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ancient Epistemology’s Potential Significance for Contemporary Epistemology  Stephen Hetherington and Nicholas D. Smith

1. The Socratic Version of the Opacity Objection  R. Wolfe Randall and Nicholas D. Smith

2. Knowledge-Minimalism: Reinterpreting the Meno on Knowledge and True Belief  Stephen Hetherington

3. Plato on Veritism and Value  Russell E. Jones

4. Forms, Exemplars, and Plato  Keith Lehrer

5. Is Plato’s Epistemology about Knowledge?  Jessica Moss

6. Plato’s Ideal Epistemology  Whitney Schwab

7. Plato on Having a Logos (Theaetetus 201c–210a)  Hugh H. Benson

8. Transmitting Understanding and Know-How  Stephen R. Grimm

9. Aristotle’s Disjunctivism  Rosemary Twomey

10. Aristotle’s Virtue Epistemology  David Bronstein

11. Aristotle and Scepticism  Pierre Le Morvan

12. Pyrrhonian Scepticism and Human Agency  Ernest Sosa

13. The Clitomachian and Philonian/Metrodorian Justifications of Academic Assent  Thomas A. Blackson

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Stephen Hetherington is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, and Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. His publications include Epistemology’s Paradox (1992), Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge (2001), How to Know (2011), and Knowledge and the Gettier Problem (2016).

Nicholas D. Smith is the James F. Miller Professor of Humanities in the Departments of Classics and Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. His publications include Summoning Knowledge in Plato’s Republic (2019), Knowledge (with Ian Evans) (2012), and Socratic Moral Psychology (with Thomas C. Brickhouse) (2010).