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IgnoranceLiterature and Agnoiology$
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Andrew Bennett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074875

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.001.0001

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Ignorance and philosophy

Ignorance and philosophy

(p.9) 1 Ignorance and philosophy

Andrew Bennett

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the connection between philosophy and ignorance. It examines some of the lessons on ignorance taught by Socrates, and suggests that, while literature and philosophy can be combined and differentiated in a number of ways, the main distinction made with regards to ignorance is on the question of whether or not one moves beyond not knowing. The chapter then studies the ‘disease’ of ignorance, which may be said to make up the very condition of poetry and of literature, and also considers the possibility to see philosophical scepticism as part of, or engaged with, a theory of ignorance.

Keywords:   philosophy, ignorance, Socrates, disease of ignorance, poetry, literature, philosophical scepticism, theory of ignorance

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