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p. 11. Arguing with Platolocked

  • Julia Annas

Abstract

‘Arguing with Plato’ explores the themes of knowledge and belief in Plato's dialogue the Theaetetus, in which Socrates shows faults in all of the accounts of knowledge suggested by young Theaetetus. Pursuing the thought that if you know something, you can't be wrong, Theaetetus suggests that knowing might be perceiving; then having a true belief; then, having a true belief and being able to defend or ‘give an account of’ it. All these suggestions fail, and the dialogue leaves us better off only in awareness of our own inability to sustain an account of knowing.

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