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Democritus on knowledge and the senses: the late sources

Mi-Kyoung Lee

in Epistemology after Protagoras

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199262229
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199262225.003.0009
 Democritus on knowledge and the senses: the late sources

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Some of the later sources for Democritus paint a portrait of him as a skeptic about the possibility of knowledge. However, more careful sources emphasize that far from being a skeptic, he endorsed a more balanced view according to which reason and the senses must both be sources of knowledge.

Keywords: skepticism; knowledge; truth; error; senses; mind; affections; relative; subjective; nomos

Chapter.  19302 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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