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Knowing PersonsA Study in Plato$
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Lloyd P. Gerson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.001.0001

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Theaetetus: What is Knowledge?

Theaetetus: What is Knowledge?

(p.194) CHAPTER 5 Theaetetus: What is Knowledge?
Knowing Persons

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The central thesis of this chapter is that Theaetetus reinforces the account of knowledge in Republic. Theaetetus does this despite the nominal άπορία at the end of the dialogue. This view seems increasingly to be out of favour, for it has recently been argued that Theaetetus rejects the discontinuity of έπιστήμη and δόξα, strongly implying, on the contrary, that έπιστήμη of the sensible world is possible. If this is so, then presumably there can be έπιστήμη and δόξα of the same objects. And if this is so, then there would seem to be nothing in principle against there being δόξα of the Forms or knowledge of sensibles. Accordingly, the criteria for knowledge, which entail that there is knowledge only of immaterial entities, would have to be revised.

Keywords:   Plato, Theaetetus, knowledge, sense-perception, true belief, Republic

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