Ignorance and philosophy

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI:
Ignorance and philosophy

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This chapter discusses the connection between philosophy and ignorance. It examines some of the lessons on ignorance taught by Socrates, and suggests that, while literature and philosophy can be combined and differentiated in a number of ways, the main distinction made with regards to ignorance is on the question of whether or not one moves beyond not knowing. The chapter then studies the ‘disease’ of ignorance, which may be said to make up the very condition of poetry and of literature, and also considers the possibility to see philosophical scepticism as part of, or engaged with, a theory of ignorance.

Keywords: philosophy; ignorance; Socrates; disease of ignorance; poetry; literature; philosophical scepticism; theory of ignorance

Chapter.  11074 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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