Prolepsis and Ennoia in the Early Stoa

Front Cover
Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Philosophy - 265 pages
0 Reviews
This book offers a reconstruction of the early Stoic doctrine of prolepsis, revealing it to be much closer to Platonic recollection in certain respects than previously thought. The standard interpretation of prolepsis as preconceptions is inconsistent with their status as criteria of truth. Rather, prolepsis is a form of tacit knowledge that requires articulation and systematization. This reconstruction is supported by a comprehensive collection of texts relating to prolepsis from Epicurus to Alexander of Aphrodisias.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Are Porlepses and Common Conceptions Identical?
1
Prolepsis and Common Conceptions as Criteria of Truth
23
Stages in the Development of Reason
48
Menos Paradox and the Early Stoa
72
The Formation of Prolepses
80
Prolepsis in Ordinary and Philosophical Cognition
110
Are the Stoics Empiricists or Rationalists?
145
The Usage of Πρόληψις Εννοια and Related Terms
152
The Early Stoa
172
Cicero and Seneca
181
Epictetus
193
Plutarch
208
Sextus Empiricus
227
Alexander of Aphrodisias
244
Alcinous
250
Backmatter
253

Epicurus and Later Epicureans
163

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Henry Dyson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Bibliographic information