'Say goodbye to opinions!': Plutarch’s philosophy of natural phenomena and the journey to metaphysical knowledge

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As a Platonist, Plutarch acknowledges a clear ontological separation between the sensible and the metaphysical world, and, consequently, a neat epistemological distinction between opinion and knowledge. At the same time, his personal contributions to the study of natural phenomena show his conviction that a crossing of this divide is possible. The present article explores three different epistemological models to evaluate how this tension can be solved. It argues that Plutarch rehabilitates the ontological status of the opinables, by stressing that the sensible world derives its existence and its reality from the intelligibles. In fact, the causal relationship between forms and matter is reversely the epistemological journey to knowledge.
Originele taal-2English
TitelNatural Spectaculars
SubtitelAspects of Plutarch’s Philosophy of Nature
RedacteurenMichiel Meeusen, Luc van der Stockt
UitgeverijLeuven University Press
Aantal pagina's15
ISBN van geprinte versie978-94-6270-043-7
StatusPublished - 2015

Publicatie series

NaamPlutarchea Hypomnemata
UitgeverijLeuven University Press

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