Essays on Hellenistic Epistemology and Ethics by Gisela Striker

By Gisela Striker

The doctrines of the Hellenistic Schools--Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics--are identified to have had a formative impression on later proposal, yet as the basic resources are misplaced, they need to be reconstructed from later studies. this significant selection of essays via one of many prime interpreters of Hellenistic philosophy makes a speciality of key questions in epistemology and ethics debated via Greek and Roman philosophers of the Hellenistic interval.

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Shape and size). This will then lead to the famous distinction between primary and secondary Talk of weaker and stronger arguments, or better and worse, invites the objection (pressed by Plato, Tht. 161C-E) that such a distinction is hard to reconcile with a thoroughgoing relativism about truth, for surely one would expect the greater strength of an argument to lie in the fact that its premises and conclusion are more likely to be true than those of the counterargument. Plato's Socrates actually offers Protagoras a defense against this objection (166C-167D), which may or may not go back to Protagoras himself.

Aristotle, Met. T 2, 1003bl0: "hence we say even of what is not that it is what is not"). To reach his conclusion, Gorgias then continues: "But if what is not is, then what is, is not, being its opposite. For if what is not is, what is ought not to be. So in this way nothing should be, if being and not being are not the same" (979a29-32). The author of MXGpoints out (979b8-19), commenting on the first step, that one might as well conclude that everything is (Tiavxa 8ivai), and that seems correct, but it would probably not have bothered Gorgias, since to say that everything is, both what is and what is not, would be no less unacceptable to Parmenides than to say that nothing is.

To a certain extent, this view is undeniably correct, for if one takes into consideration everything that was called a criterion of truth by the different authors of antiquity, one can only come to the conclusion that the terrnKpixt^plOV did not imply any definite function in the judgment of truth and falsehood. This also indicates, however, that one is not entitled without further ado to choose a translation which assigns the criterion a specific function. Apelt, for instance, translates Kpixr|piov in the passage just cited from Diogenes Laertius as Unterscheidungs^eichen ("distinguishing mark").

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