In fourth-century Greece (BCE), the debate over the nature of
philosophy generated a novel claim: that the highest form of wisdom
is theoria, the rational 'vision' of metaphysical truths (the
'spectator theory of knowledge'). This 2004 book offers an original
analysis of the construction of 'theoretical' philosophy in
fourth-century Greece. In the effort to conceptualise and
legitimise theoretical philosophy, the philosophers turned to a
venerable cultural practice: theoria (state pilgrimage). In this
practice, an individual journeyed abroad as an official witness of
sacralized spectacles. This book examines the philosophic
appropriation and transformation of theoria, and analyses the
competing conceptions of theoretical wisdom in fourth-century
philosophy. By tracing the link between traditional and philosophic
theoria, this book locates the creation of theoretical philosophy
in its historical context, analysing theoria as a cultural and an
intellectual practice. It develops a new, interdisciplinary
approach, drawing on philosophy, history and literary studies.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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Andrea Wilson Nightingale
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