The Starting Points of Human Understanding

W. Goris

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The present article discusses the notion of in the Didaskalikos, where this notion indicates a cognitive primacy exclusively related to human understanding. It is argued that, due to the enrichment of Platonic doctrine with Stoic motives in this treatise, a dual starting point is ascribed here to human cognition. Both the and the function as such. The is the primary object of a decarnate, the our present reminiscence of this decarnate . The recognition of a genetic perspective in the Didaskalikos enables us to resolve the interpretative difficulties related to the restrictive expression, which characterizes the judgement of the by. Among the procedures employed to arrive at the starting points of human cognition are 'analysis' and 'induction'. These specimina of an 'investigation from below' contribute to the complex rhythm of the Didaskalikos. The tradition inaugurated by the treatise, i.e. The search for first known objects of human understanding in Greek, Arabic, and Latin philosophy, is accompanied by a tension between the empirical and the transcendental, which is used in the Didaskalikos to argue for the necessity of a Platonic frame, and consequently re-activated in all attempts to free the search for first known objects of human understanding from a Platonic ontology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-246
JournalMnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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PT: J; NR: 21; TC: 0; J9: MNEMOSYNE; PG: 33; GA: AE6ZX; UT: WOS:000334147600002


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