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The Limits of Knowledge

A. C. Lloyd

in The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780198238065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597916 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238061.003.0006
 The Limits of Knowledge

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The purpose of Ch. 6 is to outline the role played by the P‐series theory in Neoplatonic epistemology. To start with, it is explained that knowledge of a P‐series consists in an order of priority and posteriority of the terms: intellect, scientific knowledge, belief, presentation, and perception. In second place, some peculiar Neoplatonic epistemological issues, e.g. how can the divine possibly know temporal truths, are carefully examined. To conclude, some particular Neoplatonic rules, which allow higher entities to have knowledge of lower ones, are investigated.

Keywords: belief; intellect; knowledge; particulars; perception; presentation; P‐series; scientific knowledge; temporal truths

Chapter.  9937 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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