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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-02-03
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

Hugh H. Benson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Socrates, The Epistemologist
The Socratic Elenchos
The Aims of the Elenchos
The Problem of Elenchos
The Dissolution of the Problem of the Elenchos
Socratic Definition
The "What is F-ness?" Question and Socratic Definition
The Priority of Definitional Knowledge
The Sufficiency of Definitional Knowledge
Socratic Knowledge
Socratic Ignorance
A Socratic Theory of Knowledge
Knowledge, Virtue, and Other Problems
Meno, the Slave-Boy, and Plato
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