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The Lack of Knowledge in the Philosophy of the Ancients

Author(s): Andrzej Tarnopolski
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy
Published by: Uniwersytet Humanistyczno-Przyrodniczy im. Jana Długosza w Częstochowie

Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt at presenting the three most important philosophical views concerningthe lack of knowledge which were initiated in Ancient Greece.The author is of the opinion that the ancients suggested some major philosophical views aboutthis issue. Socrates and Plato dealt with the inclusion of the lack of knowledge – a position characteristicof philosophical intellectualism, even the contemporary one. Aristotle opted for the exclusionof ignorance by creating the basis of modern science and all sorts of varieties of instrumentalpragmatism. Skeptics, on the other hand, tried not to give a direct answer to the issue formulated inthis way, thereby reinforcing the ordinary cognitive points of view characterized by common sense.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2011
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 75-85
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish