n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The ambiguous role of perception : empiricist views and biological perspectives on sense perception among the Hippocratics

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Despite the connections between perception and knowledge in Hippocratic medicine, what still remains unclear is the way in which these are structured and how they arise in relation to each other. It is this shadowy area that I plan to address in my paper, dealing with the ways in which the connection between perception and knowledge has been interpreted, and analysing the reception of some Hippocratic passages in which this link has been identified, without, however, revealing its .

My aim is, in the first instance, to argue against an empiricist representation of Hippocratic views on sense perception and, in the second instance, to show the biological root of , which combines physiology, theories of cognition and epistemological function, as found in Hippocratic representations.

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