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Beyond Hellenistic Epistemology


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Introduction Chapter 1. The Structure of Early Stoic Metaphysics Chapter 2. The Ontology of Stoic Apprehension: Rethinking akatalepsia and epoche peri panton Chapter 3. Apraxia and the Destruction of Stoic Metaphysics Chapter 4. From Polemo to Arcesilaus: Genealogy of the Early Hellenistic Academy Conclusion Index

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Proposes a re-assessment of the epistemological base on which debates between Stoicism and Plato's Academy are studied.

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Charles E. Snyder is Associate Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, and Lecturer for the Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College, USA.


Charles Snyder mounts a strong case against the mainstream interpretation that sees the debate between Academics and Stoics in the early Hellenistic period as wholly epistemological by persuasively arguing that such a debate cannot be fully appreciated without paying close attention to its metaphysical background. * Diego Machuca, Researcher in Philosophy, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina *
Snyder's book is stimulating and fascinating, it goes against the current doxa held by many scholars that the New Academy detached itself from Plato and his immediate successors by favoring epistemology over ontology. This argument offers a more satisfactory vision of the history of the whole Academy and it allows a more subtle and deeper interpretation of the testimonies. * Carlos Levy, Professor Emeritus, Sorbonne University, France *

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