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Essays on Plato's epistemology

Franco Trabattoni author.


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  • Title:
    Essays on Plato's epistemology
  • Author: Franco Trabattoni author.
  • Description: Introduction -- 1. Thought as inner dialogue (Theaet. 189e4-190a6) -- 2. Logos and doxa : the meaning of the refutation of the third definition of epistêmê in the Theaetetus -- 3. Theaetetus 200d-201c : truth without certainty -- 4. Foundationalism or coherentism? On the third definition of epistêmê in the Theaetetus -- 5. What is the meaning of Plato's Theaetetus? Some remarks on a new annotated translation of the dialogue -- 6. David Sedley's Theaetetus -- 7. The "virtuous circle" of language. On the meaning of Plato's Cratylus -- 8. The knowledge of the philosopher -- 9. What role do the mathematical sciences play in the metaphor of the line? -- 10. Socrates' error in the Parmenides -- 11. On the distinguishing features of Plato's "Metaphysics" (starting from the Parmenides) -- 12. Is there such a thing as a "Platonic theory of the ideas" according to Aristotle? -- 13. The unity of virtue, self-predication and the "third man" in Protagoras 329e-332a -- 14. Plato : philosophy, politics and knowledge. An overview.
    Through a careful survey of several significant Platonic texts, mainly focussing on the nature of knowledge, Essays on Plato's Epistemology offers the reader a fresh and promising approach to Plato's philosophy as a whole. From the very earliest reception of Plato's philosophy, there has been a conflict between a dogmatic and a sceptical interpretation of his work and thought. Moreover, the two sides are often associated, respectively, with a metaphysical and an anti-metaphysical approach. This book, continuing a line of thought that is nowadays strongly present in the secondary literature -- and also followed by the author in over thirty years of research -- maintains that a third way of thinking is required. Against the widespread view that an anti-dogmatic philosophy must go together with an anti-metaphysical stance, Trabattoni shows that for Plato, on the contrary, a sober and reasonable assessment of both the powers and limits of human reason relies on a proper metaphysical outlook.
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (336 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 94-6166-195-9
  • Subjects: Plato; Knowledge, Theory of; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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