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Epicurus on Truth and Falsehood

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Sextus Empiricus ascribes to Epicurus a curious account of truth and falsehood, according to which these characteristics belong to things in the world about which one speaks, not to what one says about them. I propose an interpretation that takes this account seriously and explains the connection between truth and existence that the Epicureans also seem to recognise. I then examine a second Epicurean account of truth and falsehood and show how it is related to the first.

Affiliations: 1: Département de philosophie, Université de Genève 2 rue de Candolle, 1211 Geneva Switzerland


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