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2022.05.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Gail Fine, Essays in Ancient Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2021, 417pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198746768.

Reviewed by Lloyd P. Gerson, University of Toronto

The present volume collects 13 previously published papers in ancient epistemology, written over the last 20 years or so. Seven of the papers are on Plato’s dialogues, two are on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics, and four are mainly on Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonian Skepticism, including some pages on the Cyrenaics and Descartes in relation to the Skeptics.

All of the essays in this book exemplify the author’s well-known approach to ancient epistemology generally, which is to attempt to commensurate the ancient and the modern. Gail Fine reads Plato and his successors as contributors to an ongoing discussion which continues up to the present. In epistemology, this is a discussion regarding, among other things, what knowledge is, what things are knowable, how knowledge…

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