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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPHI 6683
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
According to the famous Epicurean “lazy argument”, if somebody were to believe that he knows nothing, then he would not have any reason to engage in any kind of action, and he would die. Is the controversy about Skepticism a matter of life and death? In this seminar we will read texts on epistemology by Stoic, Epicurean and Skeptic philosophers. We will first analyze issues such as the criteria for truth, sensation, images, preconceptions, judgment, ignorance and opinion, in Stoic and Epicurean epistemology. Then we will focus on the critique of dogmatism and on the answer offered to the problem of knowledge by the two currents of Ancient Skepticism, Pyrrhonism and Academic Skepticism.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.