Socratic Wisdom: The Model of Knowledge in Plato's Early Dialogues

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Всего страниц: 292
While the early Platonic dialogues have often been explored and appreciated for their ethical content, this is the first book devoted solely to the epistemology of Plato's early dialogues. Author Hugh H. Benson argues that the characteristic features of these dialogues--Socrates' method of questions and answers (elenchos), his fascination with definition, his professions of ignorance, and his thesis that virtue is knowledge--are decidedly epistemological. In this thoughtful study, Benson uncovers the model of knowledge that underlies these distinctively Socratic views. What emerges is unfamiliar, yet closer to a contemporary conception of scientific understanding than ordinary knowledge.
 

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Introduction Socrates the Epistemologist
8
The Socratic Elenchos
15
The Aims of the Elenchos
17
The Problem of the Elenchos
32
The Dissolution of the Problem of the Elenchos
57
Socratic Definition
97
The What Is FNess? Question and Socratic Definition
99
The Priority of Definitional Knowledge
112
Socratic Knowledge
165
Socratic Ignorance
167
A Socratic Theory of Knowledge
189
Knowledge Virtue and Other Problems
222
Conclusion Meno the SlaveBoy and Plato
257
Bibliography
263
Index
275
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The Sufficiency of Definitional Knowledge
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Hugh H. Benson is at University of Oklahoma.

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