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From Plato to Platonism$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452413

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452413.001.0001

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The Academic Skeptics

The Academic Skeptics

(p.163) Chapter 6 The Academic Skeptics
From Plato to Platonism

Lloyd P. Gerson

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the Platonic and Skeptic convictions on knowledge. Aristotle's testimony strongly suggests that Plato was, for virtually his entire career, wedded to the view that knowledge (έπιστήμη) is possible and that it is not of sensible but rather of “separate” intelligible entities. It seems a straightforward matter to characterize the Skeptics' position as the contradictory of the claim that knowledge is possible. However, the chapter argues that such a view should be investigated further. If Plato's antiskepticism regards only the having of knowledge, it remains an open question as to whether he concedes the Skeptics' claim with regard to the impossibility of possessing knowledge.

Keywords:   antiskepticism, Academic Skeptics, knowledge, cognition, Platonism

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