The Rational Enterprise: logos in Plato's Theaetetus

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Philosophy - 275 pages
"Desjardins' conclusion, that the Theaetetus really does point to a particular theory of knowledge, certainly will be controversial, since for many people the idea that the Theaetetus fails to define knowledge is the cornerstone of their interpretation of Plato's later philosophical thought. But whatever one thinks about the conclusion, it must be agreed that the manner in which it is defended is intrinsically important. Desjardins starts from the unassailable premise that the dialogues are internally unified, and that everything in the dialogues is there for a reason. Her method, then, is to show how some of the features of the dialogue that are usually not taken very seriously actually are very important. Of course, she is not the only scholar taking this sort of tack, but what she makes of the various elements of the Theaetetus is a most impressive construction.
 

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Contents

Ambiguity
15
Ambiguity and Initiation
29
Kompsoteros Theory of Perception
45
Kompsoteros Method
59
Knowledge is perception aisthesis I
83
Knowledge is true opinion doxa alethes 1103
103
and logos meta logou 1123
123
what knowledge episteme really is
149
Conclusion 169
169
Kompsoteros Method and Playingthe Geometer177
177
Socrates Dice Illustration 181
181
Emergence 193
193
Notes
199
Bibliography
261
Index
269
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Rosemary Desjardins is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

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