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S. J. Heyworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218035.001.0001

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Laocoon’s Point of View: Walking the Roman Way

Laocoon’s Point of View: Walking the Roman Way

1 Laocoon’s Point of View: Walking the Roman Way
Classical Constructions

Don Fowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with some very general remarks about epistemology. It sets up an opposition between two ways of talking about what someone may be said to ‘know’. The first approach, dubbed ‘Platonic’, takes as its central concern the need to distinguish real knowledge from other forms of belief. This is contrasted with an approach that abandons the attempt to single out a group of our attitudes and beliefs as special. Propositional belief ceases to be privileged, and we abandon the search for a one-to-one mapping onto the world. The chapter then discuss a peculiarly concrete form of knowledge in the ancient world. It looks at what P. Connerton has called ‘incorporated knowledge’, at the way cultures store knowledge in the very bodies of their citizens, at the epistemological implications of posture, gesture, and gait in the ancient world.

Keywords:   incorporated knowledge, epistemology, P. Connerton, culture, posture, gesture, gait

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