Episteme and Gnosis: A Tension in European Thought

  • Alan H. Batten


It can be plausibly argued that science is a Greek invention, so I trust that it will not seem inappropriate to honour a modern Greek scientist by discussing the nature of science and the role played by science in European (or Western) culture, and thus to pay tribute to a member of the modern Academy of Athens by considering some of the questions that would have interested the members of the original Academy in that city.


Anchor Book Counter Culture Mental Exploration Presocratic Philosopher Dominion Astrophysical Observatory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan H. Batten
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  1. 1.Dominion Astrophysical ObservatoryHerzberg Institute of AstrophysicsVictoriaCanada

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