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Kinds of Self-Knowledge in Ancient Thought

Leigh, F; (2020) Kinds of Self-Knowledge in Ancient Thought. In: Leigh, F, (ed.) Self-Knowledge in Ancient Philosophy:The Eighth Keeling Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. (pp. 1-50). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter explores the topic of self-knowledge in ancient thought, asking in particular what the ancient concept (or concepts) of knowing oneself amounts to. The chapter begins by contrasting the issues which occupy ancient and contemporary discussions of self-knowledge, and the obvious points of continuity and discontinuity between the two. The author isolates two forms of self-knowledge: cognitive self-knowledge or knowledge of one’s own mental states, and dispositional self-knowledge or knowledge of one’s moral or intellectual dispositions, and traces the treatment of these forms of self-knowledge in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophers, and Plotinus. In the course of discussing the texts of each thinker or school, and the relevant scholarship, this chapter also canvasses the ways in which the chapters in the rest of this volume seek to engage with some of the problems or issues that have emerged.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Kinds of Self-Knowledge in Ancient Thought
ISBN-13: 9780198786061
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786061.003.0001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198786061.003.0001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: cognitive self-knowledge, dispositional self-knowledge, subjective states, appearances, character
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090209
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