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16. Kephalaia And Doxai: Authorial Comments On Method, Use, And Sources; Galen And The Placita

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This chapter explicitly states that kephalaia should be considered en bloc and in relation to each other. A reconstruction of the chapter according to the interplay of diaereses, with room for compromises and exceptions, would perhaps not be too difficult. But Socrates and Plato are also mentioned together in the same context in another representative of the doxographical tradition. A doxa is not a certainty, but always the opinion, or judgement, of somebody, or some people. The doxa implies that other doxai are possible, or given, which may differ from or even be opposed to it. The chapter ends with a discussion of the use of the terms doxa and gnome in the treatise. Accordingly, the authorial note tells us explicitly what purpose a collection of placita may serve. Selection and condensation have produced a rich density of useful matter.

Keywords: doxai; Galen; kephalaia; Placita; Plato; Socrates



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