Phronesis 50 (3):215-231 (2005)

Authors
Constance Meinwald
University of Illinois, Chicago
Abstract
This paper argues for a view that maximizes in the Stoics' epistemology the starkness and clarity characteristic of other parts of their philosophy. I reconsider our evidence concerning doxa (opinion/belief): should we really take the Stoics to define it as assent to the incognitive, so that it does not include the assent of ordinary people to their kataleptic impressions, and is thus actually inferior to agnoia (ignorance)? I argue against this, and for the simple view that in Stoicism assent is either, in the case of the fool, doxa = agnoia, or alternatively, in that of the sage, epistêmê (knowledge). This view, together with reflection on the appropriate sense of "between" in the relevant reports of SE and Cicero, yields a sympathetic reading of an otherwise problematic challenge Sextus reports Arcesilaus as having prepared for the Stoic claim that katalêpsis, which is the criterion of truth, is between knowledge and opinion; on my view each side is proceeding in a philosophically legitimate way
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/1568528054740140
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,703
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Possibility of Psychic Conflict in Seneca's De Ira.Corinne Gartner - 2015 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23 (2):213-233.
Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato.Gail Fine - 2013 - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 3 (2):131-144.

View all 8 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
114 ( #97,293 of 2,462,619 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
12 ( #60,477 of 2,462,619 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes