COLLOQUIUM: David Wolfsdorf, Temple: "Sophia" and "Epistēmē" in the Archaic and Classical Periods"

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

402 Cohen Hall

The paper is a forthcoming chapter in the four-volume Bloomsbury History of Epistemology, volume one of which is devoted to antiquity. The paper examines philosophical use of the terms "sophia" and "epistēmē" in relation to one another from their earliest occurrences among the Presocratics through Aristotle. The discussion however begins before the philosophers, with the Archaic poets. The pre-philosophical use of "sophia" in particular helps to explain the philosophers' adaptation and employment of the terms.