From being viewed as an activity performed in practical and political contexts, wisdom in fourth-century BC Athens came to be conceived in terms of theoria, or the wise man as a "spectator" of truth. This book examines how philosophers of the period articulated the new conception of knowledge and how cultural conditions influenced this development. It provides an interdisciplinary study of the attempts to conceptualize "theoretical" activity during a foundational period in the history of Western philosophy.
  • ISBN13: 9780521838252
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2004
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00311
Publication DateAugust 1, 2004
Primary CategoryPhilosophy/History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Publisher ImprintCambridge University Press

Spectacles of Truth in Classical Greek Philosophy: Theoria in Its Cultural Context

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