Essays on Plato’s Epistemology

Franco Trabattoni

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An Innovating approach to Plato’s philosophy.

Through a careful survey of several significant Platonic texts, mainly focussing on the nature of knowledge, Essays on Plato’s Epistemology offers the reader a fresh and promising approach to Plato’s philosophy as a whole. From the very earliest reception of Plato’s philosophy, there has been a conflict between a dogmatic and a sceptical interpretation of his work and thought. Moreover, the two sides are often associated, respectively, with a metaphysical and an anti-metaphysical approach. This book, continuing a line of thought that is nowadays strongly present in the secondary literature – and also followed by the author in over thirty years of research –, maintains that a third way of thinking is required. Against the widespread view that an anti-dogmatic philosophy must go together with an anti-metaphysical stance, Trabattoni shows that for Plato, on the contrary, a sober and reasonable assessment of both the powers and limits of human reason relies on a proper metaphysical outlook.

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Introduction

Chapter 1. Thought as Inner Dialogue (Theaet. 189e4-190a6)

Chapter 2. Logos and doxa: The Meaning of the Refutation of the Third Definition of Epistêmê in the Theaetetus

Chapter 3. Theaetetus 200d-201c: Truth without Certainty

Chapter 4. Foundationalism or Coherentism? On the Third Definition of Epistêmê in the Theaetetus

Chapter 5. What is the Meaning of Plato's Theaetetus? Sοme Remarks on a New Annotated Translation of the Dialogue

Chapter 6. David Sedley's Theaetetus

Chapter 7. The “Virtuous Circle” of Language. On the meaning of Plato's Cratylus

Chapter 8. The Knowledge of the Philosopher

Chapter 9. What Role do the Mathematical Sciences Play in the Metaphor of the Line?

Chapter 10. Socrates' error in the Parmenides

Chapter 11. On the Distinguishing Features of Plato's “Metaphysics” (Starting from the Parmenides)

Chapter 12. Is There Such a Thing as a “Platonic theory of the Ideas” According to Aristotle?

Chapter 13. The Unity of Virtue, Self-Predication and the “Third Man” in Protagoras 329e-332a

Chapter 14. Plato: Philosophy, Politics and Knowledge. An Overview

Bibliography

Format: Monograph - hardback

Size: 240 × 160 mm

336 pages

ISBN: 9789462700598

Publication: March 21, 2016

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 53

Languages: English

Stock item number: 108079

Franco Trabattoni is Full Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Milan. He is editor of Méthexis, International Journal for Ancient Philosophy.


Trabattoni is to be thanked for seeking out an English translator in order to make his work more widely available.
Lloyd P. Gerson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.10.20