By Rosemary Desjardins
"Desjardins’ end, that the Theaetetus rather does element to a selected concept of data, definitely could be debatable, due to the fact that for lots of humans the concept that the Theaetetus fails to outline wisdom is the cornerstone in their interpretation of Plato’s later philosophical idea. yet no matter what one thinks approximately the realization, it has to be agreed that the style during which it really is defended is intrinsically vital. Desjardins begins from the unassailable premise that the dialogues are internally unified, and that every little thing within the dialogues is there for a cause. Her approach, then, is to teach how the various positive aspects of the discussion which are often no longer taken very heavily really are vitally important. Of direction, she isn't the basically student taking this kind of tack, yet what she makes of a number of the parts of the Theaetetus is a so much striking development.
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Plato. Theaetetus. 2. Knowledge, Theory of. 3. Logos. I. Title. II. D45 1990 121dc1988-20001 CIP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Cover art courtesy of the American Numismatic Society, New York. Page v To the memory of my parents in celebration of all the St. Hilary years Page vii CONTENTS Acknowledgments ix Prologue x Introduction 1 Overview of the Theaetetus 1 Apparent Failure of the Theaetetus 2 Interpretation of the Theaetetus 8 Chapter 1: Ambiguity 15 Ambiguity of Theaetetus' Logos 15 Ambiguity of Protagoras' Logos 17 Ambiguity of Heracleitus' Logos 20 Transition: Ambiguity and Initiation 29 Part One The "Mysteries" of Aisthesis Chapter 2.
And will discover by seeking the truth" (Meno 84a7c11). And so indeed it turns out, for the boy proceeds to discover the diagonal. But how did the boy's aporia prove to be a positive help? Socrates goes on to explain: "He who does not know about something or other may yet have true opinion about that same thing about which he knows nothing"; for, as the Statesman puts it in only slightly different language, "It would seem that each of us knows everything that he knows as if in Page 6 a dream [hoion onar]" (Stat.
Stat. 278e10). Interpretation of the Theaetetus In light of this proposed interpretation, it is puzzling if not disconcerting, to read the literature on the Theaetetus. In the first place, far from seeing Socrates' "dream" as a case of true opinion that needs the binding of the logos to establish it as waking or certain knowledge, it seems (almost without exception) to be taken for granted that the "dream" has been conclusively refuted. 23 Perhaps even more puzzling is the wide variety of reasons offered for this supposed failure.
The Rational Enterprise: Logos in Plato’s Theaetetus by Rosemary Desjardins