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Socratic Wisdom : The Model of Knowledge in Plato's Early Dialogues - Hugh H. Benson

Socratic Wisdom

The Model of Knowledge in Plato's Early Dialogues

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780195129182
Number Of Pages: 306

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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.

...a thorough analysis...clear and meticulously argued...--Books "The result of Benson's efforts is a comprehensive and well-argued book that evinces the author's serious and extended engagement with Socratic philosophy. Benson's exacting scholarship sheds much welcome light on its subject matter and, in the tradition of his previous works, promises to enjoy great success in advancing our understanding of Socrates and Plato."--Christine Thomas, Philosophical Review

Introduction Chapter 1:: Socrates, The Epistemologist Part I: The Socratic Elenchos Chapter 2:: The Aims of the Elenchos Chapter 3:: The Problem of Elenchos Chapter 4:: The Dissolution of the Problem of the Elenchos Part II: Socratic Definition Chapter 5:: The "What is F-ness?" Question and Socratic Definition Chapter 6:: The Priority of Definitional Knowledge Chapter 7:: The Sufficiency of Definitional Knowledge Part III: Socratic Knowledge Chapter 8:: Socratic Ignorance Chapter 9:: A Socratic Theory of Knowledge Chapter 10:: Knowledge, Virtue, and Other Problems Chapter 11:: Meno, the Slave-Boy, and Plato Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780195129182
ISBN-10: 0195129180
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.6