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Workshop in Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy: Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY), “Ancient Philosophy and Disjunctivism: The Case of the Stoics”
April 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ancient Philosophy and Disjunctivism: The Case of the Stoics
Iakovos Vasiliou (CUNY Graduate Center)
Commentators: Katy Meadows (MIT) and Justin Vlasits (Universität Tübingen)
Monday April 8, 10am-12noon, Philosophy Hall 716 (Columbia University)
The meeting is part of the Workshop in Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy [katjavogt.com], sponsored by Columbia University’s Division of Humanities, Classical Studies Program, and Philosophy Department.
Abstract: This paper investigates the extent to which ancient philosophers hold positions similar to contemporary epistemological disjunctivism. It argues that there are some a priori reasons to think that ancient philosophers might be amenable to the disjunctivist position, even if their motivations for holding such a position may be quite different from that of contemporary philosophers. The body of the paper focuses on the Stoics and their notion of the “cataleptic impression” as a criterion of truth. It compares the Stoic arguments against their Academic skeptical opponents with contemporary epistemological disjunctivism, particularly as it is developed in the work of John McDowell.