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Single Idea 1772

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 4. Tracking the Facts]

Full Idea

Stoics define knowledge as an assertion or safe comprehension or habit, which, in the perception of what is seen, never deviates from the truth.


'Knowledge' here is the Greek word 'epistemé'

Gist of Idea

For Stoics knowledge is an assertion which never deviates from the truth


report of Stoic school (fragments/reports [c.200 BCE]) by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 07.1.25

Book Reference

Diogenes Laertius: 'Diogenes Laertius', ed/tr. Yonge,C.D. [Henry G. Bohn 1853], p.276

A Reaction

Sounds somewhere between Nozick's 'tracking the truth' and Goldman's 'reliable source'. If the world is a flux, then presumably it is right that knowledge should fluctuate too.