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  • n. Moment of theoretical suspension of all action.
  • n. Moment of theoretical suspension of disbelief.


This term was introduced by Husserl and other phenomenologists, although it seems to also be present in Aristotelian philosophy as well (as the concept did originate with Aristotle) and is a corruption of the word "epoch." (Wiktionary)



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  • Epoché played an interesting role in Pyrrhonism, the skeptical philosophy of Pyrrho. On the basis of claiming that we do not know anything, Pyrrho argued that the preferred attitude to be adopted is Epoché, i.e., the suspension of judgment or the withholding of assent.

    April 14, 2009