Late Antique Epistemology

Other Ways to Truth

  • Panayiota Vassilopoulou
  • Stephen R. L. Clark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Panayiota Vassilopoulou
      Pages 1-17
  3. Rituals, Religion and Reality

  4. Crossing Boundaries

  5. Art and Poetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Oiva Kuisma
      Pages 160-173
    3. Christina-Panagiota Manolea
      Pages 174-187
  6. Later Influences

  7. Conclusion

    1. Stephen R. L. Clark
      Pages 289-301
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 302-341

About this book


Late Antique Epistemology explores the techniques used by late antique philosophers to discuss truth. Non-rational ways to discover truth, or to reform the soul, have usually been thought inferior to the philosophically approved techniques of rational argument, suitable for the less philosophically inclined, for children, savages or the uneducated. Religious rituals, oracles, erotic passion, madness may all have served to waken courage or remind us of realities obscured by everyday concerns. What is unusual in the late antique classical philosophers is that these techniques were reckoned as reliable as reasoned argument, or better still. Late twentieth century commentators have offered psychological explanations of this turn, but only recently had it been accepted that there might also have been philosophical explanations, and that the later antique philosophers were not necessarily deluded.


epistemology George Berkeley Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Hegel Homer knowledge philosophy Plato Plotin Socrates time

Editors and affiliations

  • Panayiota Vassilopoulou
    • 1
  • Stephen R. L. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK

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