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The Midwife of Platonism
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The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus

David Sedley

Abstract

Plato’s Theaetetus is thought to have been written after his main middle-period dialogues, in which he expounded his celebrated metaphysical doctrine of Forms. Yet, it is an open-ended Socratic dialogue and investigates the question ‘What is knowledge?’ without positive result, and with an unexpected restraint about invoking the metaphysical theory. Why? This book develops a new solution to the old question. Plato wants to demonstrate the continuity of his mature work with that of his master Socrates and does so by invoking the now famous image, unique to this dialogue, of Socrates as the barr ... More

Keywords: Forms, knowledge, metaphysics, midwife, Plato, Platonism, Socrates, Theaetetus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199267030.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sedley, author
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy University of Cambridge
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