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Laocoon’s Point of View: Walking the Roman Way

Don Fowler

in Classical Constructions

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218035
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.003.0001
Laocoon’s Point of View: Walking the Roman Way

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This chapter begins with some very general remarks about epistemology. It sets up an opposition between two ways of talking about what someone may be said to ‘know’. The first approach, dubbed ‘Platonic’, takes as its central concern the need to distinguish real knowledge from other forms of belief. This is contrasted with an approach that abandons the attempt to single out a group of our attitudes and beliefs as special. Propositional belief ceases to be privileged, and we abandon the search for a one-to-one mapping onto the world. The chapter then discuss a peculiarly concrete form of knowledge in the ancient world. It looks at what P. Connerton has called ‘incorporated knowledge’, at the way cultures store knowledge in the very bodies of their citizens, at the epistemological implications of posture, gesture, and gait in the ancient world.

Keywords: incorporated knowledge; epistemology; P. Connerton; culture; posture; gesture; gait

Chapter.  6825 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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