Epoché ::

Brendon Sellar : Kate Sellar : Laura Marsh.

Opening Celebration 5.30pm, 14th July. 

14:07:2016 - 14:08:2016

Brendon Sellar, Orpheus, 2016


Epoché // ἐποχή // epokhē // suspension  

: the suspension of judgment :  

Epoché : This ancient Greek word, in its philosophical sense, is not explained or described by one term. Rather it is a constellation of related terms that also includes aporia (a state of 'puzzlement'), elenchus (investigation by question and answer), and skeptikos (an attitude of undogmatic investigation). 

All these terms are the basis of the mission of Socrates: to call attention to the perils of false opinion (or, more accurately, false opining, the process of forming false opinions) and to propose remedies. 

False opining, or pseudodoxia is an absolutely fundamental problem with human nature, a near universal source of our errors and unhappiness:

Then do you note that mistakes in action also are due to this ignorance of thinking one knows when one does not? (Plato, 1st Alcibiades 117d)

This conceit of knowledge is described more fully in Plato's dialogue, Laws:

"The greatest evil to men, generally, is one which is innate in their souls, and which a man is always excusing in himself and so has no way of escaping. I mean what is expressed in the saying that every man is and ought to be dear to himself.... From this same fault arises the common habit of regarding our own ignorance (amathia) as wisdom, and of thinking we know all things when, so to speak, we really know nothing." (Laws 5.731d) 

Laura Marsh, Dreamcatcher #1, walnut, cotton thread, 2016. 

John Uebersax PhD 2012. 
Diogenes Laertius. Life of Pyrrho. In: Lives of Eminent Philosophers, translated by Robert Drew Hicks. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1925.