Epistemic and Divine Ineffability in Plato
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Plato
Neoplatonism
ineffability
metaphysics
theology
// Platón
Neoplatonismo
indicibilidad
metafísica
teología
religión

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Montanari, P. (2021). Epistemic and Divine Ineffability in Plato. Diálogos, (108), 7-35. Recuperado a partir de https://revistas.upr.edu/index.php/dialogos/article/view/19332

Resumen

Ineffability in Plato is a conundrum. There are at least four dimensions of ineffability in Platonic texts: epistemic (divine), strategic (religious), unspeakability and incommunicability. In this paper, I deal only with the first dimension, which is strictly epistemic in kind, and defend that Plato rejects divine ineffability, namely, the belief that the knowledge of the divine in general is inaccessible to the human mind. Several crucial passages attest to this rejection unequivocally. They show that Plato attached a great philosophical relevance to what I call the equivalence-principle, namely, the interdependence or specularity between human and divine intelligence. The assertion of this principle represents the Platonic path to absolute knowledge, which I try to locate in the broader context of the history of philosophy, from early philosophers to Hegel.

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