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Philosophy before the GreeksThe Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia$
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Marc Van De Mieroop

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157184

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.001.0001

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The Conceptual Autonomy of Babylonian Epistemology

The Conceptual Autonomy of Babylonian Epistemology

(p.216) Chapter 9 The Conceptual Autonomy of Babylonian Epistemology
Philosophy before the Greeks

Marc Van De Mieroop

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the conceptual autonomy of Babylonian epistemology. Babylonian literate culture survived for a very long time and exerted an enormous influence on people with a multitude of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Although it was the creation of the Babylonian heartland and scholars there worked with it the longest, others outside that region actively participated in its preservation and elaboration. Babylonian literate culture was cosmopolitan, and at times, for example in the mid-second millennium non-Babylonians may have been the guardians of its traditions. The chapter argues that we need to consider the individuality of Babylonian intellectual history in areas other than language, with particular emphasis on the Babylonian use of script.

Keywords:   Babylonian epistemology, Babylonia, literate culture, intellectual history, language, script

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