Doxa in Aristotle: A Workshop in Ancient Philosophy

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Friday, April 26, 2013 Philosophy Hall 716

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The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean

Columbia Philosophy Department

the Columbia Society of Fellows

Aristotle often compares and relates doxa to other cognitive activities and attitudes. He uses cognates of doxa — such as, famously, endoxa — in any number of contexts. This suggests that he has a systematic view of doxa, else there would be little point in comparing the various other mental states to doxa. And yet there is no particular place in the corpus where he lays out a theory of doxa, or explains in general terms how he conceives of it. This is all the more puzzling given that Plato has a lot to say about doxa: as it compares to knowledge, how it relates to ignorance, whether doxa has its own kind of object, and more. The workshop aims to explore how doxa and related notions figure in different contexts of Aristotle’s thought.

This conference is organized by Columbia Univeristy Philosophy Department Professor Katja Vogt

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