Fallibility and Fallibilism in Ancient Philosophy and Literature: Akten der 24. (digitalen) Tagung der Karl und Gertrud Abel-Stiftung am 25./26. März 2021 (München)

Therese Fuhrer (Editor), Janja Soldo (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

Mankind’s constant struggle with physical as well as mental weaknesses is omnipresent in ancient literature: misconduct, wrongdoing, failure and experiences of contingency are anthropological phenomena. Ancient ethics, epistemology, and natural philosophy have developed different theoretical approaches and guidelines on how to act and how to overcome all kinds of problems. Christian theology, on the other hand, has explained moral failure as a symptom of original sin, comparing decline and destruction to a burden from which mankind is relieved only at the end. The contributions explore how ancient philosophical texts, both pagan and Christian, explain, conceptualize and integrate the myriad manifestations of human fallibility into the different philosophical schools. The focus is on anthropological, ontological and theological concepts that analyse and reflect human fallibility, as well as on the textual and linguistic representation of the phenomenon in ancient literature. Several contributions in the volume explore literary texts that discuss or illustrate the philosophical dimension of fallibility, such as satire’s or tragedy’s (often exaggerated) depiction of human weakness.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages332
ISBN (Electronic)9783111316802
ISBN (Print)9783111314358
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Publication series

NamePhilosophie der Antike
PublisherDe Gruyter
Volume45

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • anthropology
  • human failure
  • epistemology
  • ethics

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