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The Epistemology of the Cyrenaic School

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  • Author: Voula Tsouna, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036368

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  • The Cyrenaics were a Hellenistic Greek philosophical school of the fourth century BC, related both to the Socratic tradition and to Greek skepticism. There are further links with modern philosophy as well. This book reconstructs the Cyrenaic theory of knowledge, explains how it depends on Cyrenaic hedonism, locates it in the context of ancient debates and discusses its connections with modern and contemporary views on knowledge.

    • The book-length treatment of this subject in any language
    • It attempts to assess the Cyrenaics views about knowledge philosophically
    • Will appeal to those studying modern philosophy as well as experts in Greek thought
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Tsouna's study of the epistemology of the Cyrenaic school is certainly a valuable asset for the scholarship on Hellenistic philosophy and ses a standard of excellence of philological expertise and interpretation of ancient philosophy in the light of modern cognitive theory." Classical World

    "Tsouna provides a welcome addition to the sparse bibliography on a philosophical school that claimed a Socratic pedigree and was also related to the Skeptics. Throughout she contrasts the hedonism and cognitive theory of the Cyrenaics with modern philosophic thought, a valuable contribution. Her work belongs in the collections of all universities and colleges that teach classics and philosophy." Religious Studies Review

    "...scholarly...[Tsouna] provides a valuable discussion in which she compares the Cyrenaics with Epicureans, Protagoras, and the Socratic doctrines that supposedly inspired Aristippus." Ethics

    "...astutely argued and clearly well-written..." Richard Bett, Ancient Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036368
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Knowledge and the good life: the ethical motivation of the Cyrenaic views on knowledge
    Part I. Subjectivism:
    2. The nature of the pathe
    3. The vocabulary of the pathe
    4. The apprehension of the pathe
    5. The criticism of Aristocles of Messene
    Part II. Scepticism:
    6. The causes of the pathe: objects in the world
    7. Our ignorance of other minds
    8. Some remarks on language
    Part III. Subjectivism, Empiricism, Relativism: Cyrenaics, Epicureans, Protagoreans:
    9. Cyrenaic subjectivism and the Epicurean doctrine that all perceptions are true: Plutarch, Adv. Col. 1120f–1121e
    10. Cyrenaic epistemology and Protagorean relativism: some considerations
    11. The Socratic connection
    Appendix: sources and testimonies
    Index of names
    Index locorum
    Subject index.

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    Voula Tsouna, University of California, Santa Barbara

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