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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265499

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265499.001.0001

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Divisions of Epistemic Labour: Some Remarks on the History of Fideism and Esotericism

Divisions of Epistemic Labour: Some Remarks on the History of Fideism and Esotericism

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(p.83) Divisions of Epistemic Labour: Some Remarks on the History of Fideism and Esotericism
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Continuity and Innovation in Medieval and Modern Philosophy
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Robert Pasnau

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265499.003.0006

Who can know? Who can merely believe on faith? Who should be kept in the dark entirely? This chapter considers various episodes from the history of philosophy—Locke, Aquinas, Averroes, Maimonides, al-Ghazali—where one or another such division of epistemic labour has been affirmed. It ends by considering the case that can be made for keeping secret some philosophical doctrines.

Keywords:   Aquinas, Locke, Averroes, Maimonides, al-Ghazali, faith, epistemology

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