Plato on Knowledge and Forms: Selected Essays

Paperback | October 22, 2003

byGail Fine

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Plato on Knowledge and Forms brings together a set of connected essays by Fine, written over a period of twenty-five years, on Plato's metaphysics and epistemology. It also includes a previously unpublished introductory essay, which pulls together connected threads, responds to some criticismsof the original essays, and revises or modifies some of her earlier views. The essays cover a broad range of Plato's works, from the Meno to the Theaetetus. Fine discusses his views on the nature of knowledge; on how knowledge differs from belief and from true belief; and on the extent of knowledge (whether, for example, knowledge is restricted to forms ). She also askswhether forms are particulars and/or universals; whether they are separate and/or immanent; and whether they are causes. Several essays consider connections between Plato's metaphysics and epistemology; and some essays compare Plato's metaphysics with Aristotle's. She also addresses some issues inphilosophy of language, such as Plato's views on the correctness of names in the Cratylus. The result is a synoptic view of some of Plato's most basic and enduring ideas about knowledge and reality.This volume showcases a quarter century of work by one of the most respected scholars in this field, and will reward the attention of anyone interested in Plato or in ancient metaphysics and epistemology.

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Plato on Knowledge and Forms brings together a set of connected essays by Fine, written over a period of twenty-five years, on Plato's metaphysics and epistemology. It also includes a previously unpublished introductory essay, which pulls together connected threads, responds to some criticismsof the original essays, and revises or modi...

Gail Fine is at Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:October 22, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Inquiry in the Meno3. Knowledge and Belief in Republic V4. Knowledge and Belief in Republic V-VII5. Plato on Naming6. Protagoran Relativisms7. Conflicting Appearances8. Plato's Refutation of Protagoras in the Theaetetus9. False Beliefs in the Theaetetus10. Knowledge and Logos in the Theaetetus11. Separation12. Immanence13. Relational Entities14. Forms as Causes: Plato and Aristotle15. Plato and Aristotle on Form and SubstanceBiblographyIndex Locorum

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"Professor Gail Fine has investigated these yoked epistemological and metaphysical dimensions of Forms with care, insight, and tenacity for over a quarter century...This welcome anthology collects together fifteen of her published papers Ýplus¨ a full, clear, and mildly polemical Introduction. Fineoffers her texts, her critics, and her readers alike the courtesty of a welcome and uncommon intellectual candor." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews