Thinking, Knowing, Acting: Epistemology and Ethics in Plato and Ancient Platonism


The volume Thinking, Knowing, Acting: Epistemology and Ethics in Plato and Ancient Platonism aims to offer a fresh perspective on the correlation between epistemology and ethics, a topic of central importance in the Platonic tradition which has not yet received the attention it deserves. The first part deals with the social, juridical premises of Plato’s philosophy, with particular regard to the relation between science and practical reason. The second part investigates the reception and development of these problems in Aristotle and the Platonic tradition. Other papers, on Solon and Galen, show that the conflict between knowledge and political action was also a central topic for the other Greek thinkers and contribute by contrast to a better evaluation of the originality of Platonism.

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Mauro Bonazzi, Ph.D. (2002) is professor of History of Ancient Philosophy at Utrecht University and Milan University. He has widely published on Plato and Platonism, including ‘Å la recherche des Idées. Platonisme et philosophie hellénistique d’Antiocus à Plotin’ (Vrin, 2015)

Angela Ulacco, Ph.D. (Pisa, 2010), is assistant professor for Greek Philosophy at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. She published studies on Plato’s Timaeus and its reception and on the Pseudo-Pythagorean texts, including ‘Pseudopythagorica dorica. I trattati di argomento metafisico, logico ed epistemologico attribuiti ad Archita e a Brotino. Introduzione, traduzione, commento’. Philosophie der Antike Bd. 41 (De Gruyter, 2017).

Filippo Forcignanò, Ph.D. (Torino, 2012) is researcher in History of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Milan. He published studies on Pre-Socratic philosophy, Plato (in particular metaphysics and epistemology) and on the debate on the Theory of Forms in the Old Academy, including Forme, linguaggio, sostanze. Il dibattito sulle idee nell’Academia Antica (Mimesis, 2017).
1 Acting and Knowing before Plato: On Solon’s Theodicy
Mauro Bonazzi
2 Plato and the ‘performative contradiction’
Franco Trabattoni
3 Self-knowledge and Politics in the Alcibiades I
Albert Joosse
4 Plato’s Journey through the Conflict: Knowledge, Action and Καιρός in the Syracusan Experience
Filippo Forcignanò
5 Learning from the Gods: Episteme and Politics in Plato’s Menexenus
Emilia Cucinotta
6 Der beste Logos als Handlungskriterium in Platons Kriton
Sabrina Mock
7 Das δαιμόνιον im Theages und der Weg zur Weisheit
Giusy Maria Margagliotta
8 The Theaetetus Digression: an Ethical Interlude in an Epistemological Dialogue?
Emanuele Maffi
9 Kompsoi Logoi. Some Remarks on Plato's Linguistic Conventionalism and its Ethical Implications
Mariapaola Bergomi
10 Aristotle’s Method of Inquiry in Eudemian Ethics 1 and 2
Andrea Falcon
11 Is the Phronimos Shame-Less? Shame, Habituation and the Notion of the noble in Aristotle
Marilù Papandreou
12 The telos of Assimilation to God and the Conflict between theoria and praxis in Plato and the Middle Platonists
Paolo Torri
13 Wissen und Meinung im anonymen Theaitetoskommentar
Bernd Hene
14 The Theory of Mixtures and its Ethical Implications: Role and Responsibility of the Galenic Physician
Maria Luisa Garofalo
15 Selbstbewegung und Kreisbewegung. Autokinēsis in Plotin anhand der Enn. 6, 9, 8 [9]
Giovanni Panno
All interested in the history of Ancient Philosophy, especially Plato and the Platonic tradition, but also to those interested in epistemological, psychological, and ethical issues.