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“Limitless” and “Limit” in Xenophanes’ Cosmology and in His Doctrine of Epistemic “Construction” (dokos)

“Limitless” and “Limit” in Xenophanes’ Cosmology and in His Doctrine of Epistemic “Construction”... “Limitless” and “Limit” in Xenophanes’ Cosmology and in His Doctrine of Epistemic “Construction” (dokos) Alexander P. D. Mourelatos According to both the ancient tradition and many (perhaps the majority) of modern inter- preters, Xenophanes B34 represents a statement of some form of skepticism. Let me start by citing the fragment, opting for the MSS readings that appear, at least prima facie, to be the ones most likely: kaÈ tä màn oÞn safàc oÖtic ‚n˜r gènet+ oÎdè tic êstai eÊd°c ‚mfÈ jeÀn te kaÈ ‰ssa lègw perÈ pˆntwn; eÊ g€r kaÈ t€ mˆlista tÔqoi tetelesmènon eÊp¸n, aÎtäc ímwc oÎk oÚde; DOKOS d+ âpÈ psi tètuktai. (DKB34; Sextus Empiricus Adv. math. 7.49, 7.110 [cf. 7.51], 8.326; Plutarch De aud. poet. 2.17d; Diogenes Laertius 9.72) Concerning what I say on [the topic of] gods and about all things, no man did come to have knowledge, nor will there be anyone who shall have knowledge, of what is clear [or “certain”]. For even if one should fully succeed in stating what is actually accomplished, he himself nonetheless has no knowledge. What, rather, is fashioned over all things is: conjecture. Translations different from the one given above are certainly possible. For there are many http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

“Limitless” and “Limit” in Xenophanes’ Cosmology and in His Doctrine of Epistemic “Construction” (dokos)

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“Limitless” and “Limit” in Xenophanes’ Cosmology and in His Doctrine of Epistemic “Construction” (dokos) Alexander P. D. Mourelatos According to both the ancient tradition and many (perhaps the majority) of modern inter- preters, Xenophanes B34 represents a statement of some form of skepticism. Let me start by citing the fragment, opting for the MSS readings that appear, at least prima facie, to be the ones most likely: kaÈ tä màn oÞn safàc oÖtic ‚n˜r gènet+ oÎdè tic êstai eÊd°c ‚mfÈ jeÀn te kaÈ ‰ssa lègw perÈ pˆntwn; eÊ g€r kaÈ t€ mˆlista tÔqoi tetelesmènon eÊp¸n, aÎtäc ímwc oÎk oÚde; DOKOS d+ âpÈ psi tètuktai. (DKB34; Sextus Empiricus Adv. math. 7.49, 7.110 [cf. 7.51], 8.326; Plutarch De aud. poet. 2.17d; Diogenes Laertius 9.72) Concerning what I say on [the topic of] gods and about all things, no man did come to have knowledge, nor will there be anyone who shall have knowledge, of what is clear [or “certain”]. For even if one should fully succeed in stating what is actually accomplished, he himself nonetheless has no knowledge. What, rather, is fashioned over all things is: conjecture. Translations different from the one given above are certainly possible. For there are many

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Published: Apr 5, 2016

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