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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.



April 8, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Philosophy Hall 716
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027


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