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Plato's Theaetetus as a Second Apology

Zina Giannopoulou


This book argues that Theaetetus—Plato’s most systematic examination of knowledge—is a philosophically sophisticated elaboration of Apology that successfully differentiates Socrates from the sophists. In Apology Socrates defends his philosophical activity partly by distinguishing it from sophistic practices, and in Theaetetus he enacts this distinction: the self-proclaimed ignorant and pious Socrates of Apology poses as the barren practitioner of midwifery, an art that enjoys divine support, and helps his pregnant interlocutor to birth his ideas. Whereas sophistic expertise fills others’ souls ... More

Keywords: Midwifery, definitions, knowledge, sophistry, Protagoras

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zina Giannopoulou, author
University of California, Irvine