Democracy and Knowledge in Ancient Greece

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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.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology
RedacteurenMichael Hannon, Jeroen de Ridder
UitgeverijRoutledge
Hoofdstuk1
Pagina's13-24
Aantal pagina's12
ISBN van elektronische versie9780429326769
ISBN van geprinte versie9780367345907
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StatusPublished - 2021

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