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Single Idea 20868

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 4. Belief / b. Elements of beliefs]

Full Idea

There are two kinds of opinion: one is assent to something which is not graspable; the other is weak belief.

Gist of Idea

Two sorts of opinion: either poorly grounded belief, or weak belief


report of Stoic school (fragments/reports [c.200 BCE]) by John Stobaeus - Anthology 2.11m

Book Reference

'The Stoics Reader', ed/tr. Inwood,B/Gerson,L.P. [Hackett 2008], p.149

A Reaction

Strong belief usually qualifies as knowledge. The Greek 'opinion' and 'belief' don't exactly map onto the modern words. This idea covers both the subjective aspect of belief (its strength) and its objective aspect (its grounding).