Doxa in Aristotle

A Workshop in Ancient Philosophy April 26-27 2013, Philosophy Hall 716, Columbia University

Poster by Jens Haas

Aristotle often compares and relates doxa to other cognitive activities and attitudes. He uses cognates of doxa - such as, famously, endoxa - in any number of contexts. This suggests that he has a systematic view of doxa, else there would be little point in comparing the various other mental states to doxa. And yet there is no particular place in the corpus where he lays out a theory of doxa, or explains in general terms how he conceives of it. This is all the more puzzling given that Plato has a lot to say about doxa: as it compares to knowledge, how it relates to ignorance, whether doxa has its own kind of object, and more. The workshop aims to explore how doxa and related notions figure in different contexts of Aristotle’s thought.

Friday, April 26 2013

4:00-4:30 Katja Vogt, Columbia University

Introduction – Some Questions about Doxa

4:30-5:30 Christof Rapp, LMU Munich

Doxa and Endoxa in Aristotle


6:00-7:00 Barbara Sattler, Yale University

Investigating Nature in Aristotle – From Doxa to Episteme


Dinner for Speakers

Saturday, April 27 2013

09:45-10:45 Ian McCready Flora, Columbia University

Aristotle’s Epistemology: Credence, Belief and Knowledge

11:00-12:00 Marko Malink, Chicago University

Doxa in Posterior Analytics 1.33


1:00-2:00 Wolfgang Mann, Columbia University

Endoxa in the Nicomachean Ethics

2:00-3:00 Christiana Olfert, Tufts University

Doxa, Deliberation, and Truth


3:30-4:30 Rusty Jones, Harvard University

Doxastic Value in Aristotle

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University, Columbia Philosophy Department, and the Columbia Society of Fellows