Democracy and Knowledge in Ancient Greece

Tamer Nawar

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Ancient philosophers were often critical of the epistemic features of democratic institutions. In this chapter, I first offer a critical review of the principal institutions of Athenian democracy. I then clarify what I take to be Plato’s central argument against democracy, which turns upon its epistemic failings. I then examine Aristotle’s views about democracy and knowledge and his views concerning the epistemic powers of groups. Finally, I conclude by examining what Hellenistic and post-Hellenistic philosophers had to say about democracy and knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology
EditorsMichael Hannon, Jeroen de Ridder
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429326769
ISBN (Print)9780367345907
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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