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The Resource Ancient self-refutation : the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine, Luca Castagnoli

Ancient self-refutation : the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine, Luca Castagnoli

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Ancient self-refutation : the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine
Title
Ancient self-refutation
Title remainder
the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine
Statement of responsibility
Luca Castagnoli
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A 'self-refutation argument' is any argument which aims at showing that (and how) a certain thesis is self-refuting. This is the first book-length treatment of ancient self-refutation and provides a unified account of what is distinctive in the ancient approach to the self-refutation argument, on the basis of close philological, logical and historical analysis of a variety of sources. It examines the logic, force, and prospects of this original style of argumentation within the context of ancient philosophical debates, dispelling various misconceptions concerning its nature and purpose and elucidating some important differences which exist both within the ancient approach to self-refutation and between that approach, as a whole, and some modern counterparts of it. In providing a comprehensive account of ancient self-refutation, the book advances our understanding of influential and debated texts and arguments from philosophers like Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, the Stoics, the Academic sceptics, the Pyrrhonists and Augustine"--
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Provided by publisher
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DLC
Dewey number
160
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B491.R44
LC item number
C37 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Ancient self-refutation : the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine, Luca Castagnoli
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Truth, Falsehood and Self-Refutation: 1. Preliminaries; 2. A modern approach: Mackie on the absolute self-refutation of 'nothing is true'; 3. Setting the ancient stage: Dissoi Logoi 4.6; 4. Self-refutation and dialectic: Plato; 5. Speaking to Antiphasis: Aristotle; 6. Introducing peritroph: Sextus Empiricus; 7. Augustine's turn; 8. Interim conclusions; Part II. Pragmatic, Ad Hominem and Operational Self-Refutation: 9. Epicurus against the determinist: blame and reversal; 10. Anti-sceptical dilemmas: pragmatic or ad hominem self-refutations?; 11. Must we philosophise? Aristotle's protreptic argument; 12. Augustine's 'Si fallor, sum': how to prove one's existence by Consequentia Mirabilis; 13. A step back: operational self-refutations in Plato; Part III. Scepticism and Self-Refutation: 14. Self-bracketing Pyrrhonism: Sextus Empiricus; 15. Scepticism and self-refutation: looking backwards; Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 394 p.
Isbn
9780521896313
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010018346
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn535491117
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn692309993
Label
Ancient self-refutation : the logic and history of the self-refutation argument from Democritus to Augustine, Luca Castagnoli
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. Truth, Falsehood and Self-Refutation: 1. Preliminaries; 2. A modern approach: Mackie on the absolute self-refutation of 'nothing is true'; 3. Setting the ancient stage: Dissoi Logoi 4.6; 4. Self-refutation and dialectic: Plato; 5. Speaking to Antiphasis: Aristotle; 6. Introducing peritroph: Sextus Empiricus; 7. Augustine's turn; 8. Interim conclusions; Part II. Pragmatic, Ad Hominem and Operational Self-Refutation: 9. Epicurus against the determinist: blame and reversal; 10. Anti-sceptical dilemmas: pragmatic or ad hominem self-refutations?; 11. Must we philosophise? Aristotle's protreptic argument; 12. Augustine's 'Si fallor, sum': how to prove one's existence by Consequentia Mirabilis; 13. A step back: operational self-refutations in Plato; Part III. Scepticism and Self-Refutation: 14. Self-bracketing Pyrrhonism: Sextus Empiricus; 15. Scepticism and self-refutation: looking backwards; Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 394 p.
Isbn
9780521896313
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010018346
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn535491117
  • UtOrBLW
  • (OCoLC)ocn692309993

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    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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