Socratic Wisdom: The Model of Knowledge in Platos Early Dialogues

Hardcover | September 1, 1999

byHugh H. Benson

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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 ofquestions 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 isunfamiliar, yet closer to a contemporary conception of scientific understanding than ordinary knowledge.

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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 ofquestions and answers (elenchos), his fascinati...

Hugh H. Benson is at University of Oklahoma.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195129180

ISBN - 13:9780195129182

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1:. Socrates, The EpistemologistPart I: The Socratic ElenchosChapter 2:. The Aims of the ElenchosChapter 3:. The Problem of ElenchosChapter 4:. The Dissolution of the Problem of the ElenchosPart II: Socratic DefinitionChapter 5:. The "What is F-ness?" Question and Socratic DefinitionChapter 6:. The Priority of Definitional KnowledgeChapter 7:. The Sufficiency of Definitional KnowledgePart III: Socratic KnowledgeChapter 8:. Socratic IgnoranceChapter 9:. A Socratic Theory of KnowledgeChapter 10:. Knowledge, Virtue, and Other ProblemsChapter 11:. Meno, the Slave-Boy, and PlatoBibliographyIndex

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"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 toenjoy great success in advancing our understanding of Socrates and Plato."--Christine Thomas, Philosophical Review