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Plato's Theory of Knowledge: The Theaetetus and the Sophist (Dover Philosophical Classics)

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Translated by the noted classical scholar Francis M. Cornford, this edition of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features extensive ongoing commentaries by Cornford that provide helpful background information and valuable insights. Both works pose eternal questions that keep these dialogs ever-relevant not only for students of philosophy but also for every reader and thinker. The Theatetus offers a systematic treatment of the question, "What is knowledge?" Most of the dialog takes place between Socrates and the student Theatetus. Among the answers they explore: knowledge as perception; knowledge as true belief; knowledge as true belief plus an account (i.e., a justified true belief); as well as variations on each of these answers. Like most Socratic dialogs, the Theatetus ends without a definitive answer — leaving the subject open for the reader's further consideration. In the Sophist, a related dialog, Plato redefines the term "sophist," which hitherto had connoted one who gives sophia (wisdom) to his disciples. Plato depreciated the term, and ever since, in philosophy, sophistry indicates the deceptive exploitation of linguistic ambiguities. The dialog follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher, The Stranger, on the distinction between philosophers, statesmen, and sophists.

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<:st>This presentation of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features commentaries by Cornford, a classical scholar, inserted at strategic points in the dialogues. Commentary analyzes the meaning of the dialogues and looks at how different sections relate to the whole. This edition is an unabridged republication of a book originally published in 1957 by The Liberal Arts Press, Inc., a division of The Bobbs-Merril Company, Inc., under the title Theaetetus and the Sophist of Plato. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This edition of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features extensive ongoing commentaries by Cornford that provide helpful background information and valuable insights. The Theaetetus offers a systematic treatment of the question "What is knowledge?" The Sophist follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher.

Synopsis:

Translated by the noted classical scholar Francis M. Cornford, this edition of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features extensive ongoing commentaries by Cornford that provide helpful background information and valuable insights. The Theatetus offers a systematic treatment of the question, "What is knowledge?" with most of the dialogue taking place between Socrates and the student Theatetus. Among the answers they explore: knowledge as perception; knowledge as true belief; knowledge as true belief plus an account (i.e., a justified true belief); as well as variations on each of these answers. The Sophist, a related dialogue, follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher, the Stranger from Elea, on the distinction between philosophers, statesmen, and sophists.

About the Author

Plato ranks among the most familiar ancient philosophers, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle. In addition to writing philosophical dialogues &#8212; used to teach logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics as well as philosophy &#8212; he founded Athens' Academy, the Western world's first institution of higher learning.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486427638
Editor:
Cornford, Francis M.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Editor:
Cornford, Francis M.
Editor:
Cornford, Francis MacDonald
Author:
Cornford, Francis M.
Author:
Noble, Marty MacDonald
Author:
Plato
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Knowledge, theory of
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Ancient
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics
Series Volume:
knj. 54
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.71 lb

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This edition of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features extensive ongoing commentaries by Cornford that provide helpful background information and valuable insights. The Theaetetus offers a systematic treatment of the question "What is knowledge?" The Sophist follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher.

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Translated by the noted classical scholar Francis M. Cornford, this edition of two masterpieces of Plato's later period features extensive ongoing commentaries by Cornford that provide helpful background information and valuable insights. The Theatetus offers a systematic treatment of the question, "What is knowledge?" with most of the dialogue taking place between Socrates and the student Theatetus. Among the answers they explore: knowledge as perception; knowledge as true belief; knowledge as true belief plus an account (i.e., a justified true belief); as well as variations on each of these answers. The Sophist, a related dialogue, follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher, the Stranger from Elea, on the distinction between philosophers, statesmen, and sophists.

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