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 Theaetetus
The Theætetus is a dialogue by Plato thought to have taken place in the year 369 B.C. In this dialogue Socrates, Theodorus and Theaetetus try to define what knowledge is. Other participants in the dialogue are Eucleides and Terpsion.
The Theaetetus crater on the Moon is named after him.
Although the dialogue never succeeds in giving a clearcut answer to the question "What is knowledge?", it shows the reader some failed and some more fruitful approaches to the question.
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 Encyclopedia: Theaetetus (Plato)
The Theætetus is a dialogue by Plato thought to have been written in the year 369 B.C. In this dialogue Socrates, Theodorus and Theaetetus try to define what knowledge is. Other participants in the dialogue are Eucleides and Terpsion.
Statue of a philosopher, presumely Plato, in Delphi.
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 Theaetetus by Plato eBook by BookRags
The general character of the Theaetetus is dialectical, and there are traces of the same Megarian influences which appear in the Parmenides, and which later writers, in their matter of fact way, have explained by the residence of Plato at Megara.
No more definite date is indicated by the engagement in which Theaetetus is said to have fallen or to have been wounded, and which may have taken place any time during the Corinthian war, between the years 390-387.
We cannot exclude the possibility which has been already noticed in reference to other works of Plato, that the Theaetetus may not have been all written continuously; or the probability that the Sophist and Politicus, which differ greatly in style, were only appended after a long interval of time.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: Plato's Theaetetus: Part I of the Being of the Beautiful
Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman are a trilogy of Platonic dialogues that show Socrates formulating his conception of philosophy as he prepares the defense for his trial.
Plato's Theaetetus is the first dialogue in a trilogy, (the other two dialogues being the Sophist and the Statesman).
As a whole, this book will allow the serious study of Plato an excellent opportunity to *think* about the dialogue.
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 Theaetetus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theaetetus (dialogue) is a dialogue by Plato, named after the geometer.
This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title.
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 Theaetetus.txt
Theaetetus, the hero of the battle of Corinth and of the dialogue, is a disciple of Theodorus, the great geometrician, whose science is thus indicated to be the propaedeutic to philosophy.
The general character of the Theaetetus is dialectical, and there are traces of the same Megarian influences which appear in the Parmenides, and which later writers, in their matter of fact way, have explained by the residence of Plato at Megara.
Theaetetus suggests that in the aviary there may be flying about mock birds, or forms of ignorance, and we put forth our hands and grasp ignorance, when we are intending to grasp knowledge.
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 A Footnote to Plato: An Introducution to the Theatetus - Paul Rezendes - The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal
Theaetetus could be taken to make the typical "early" dialogue mistake of pointing out examples for Socrates; but Socrates' objection is not that Theaetetus has given him examples, but rather that he asked Theaetetus for "one" but Theaetetus gave him "many." 146c-d.
Whether Plato wants us to believe that Socrates himself believed this analysis of knowledge is another matter; while Socrates' arguments appear to be in earnest, the inexorable push of many the arguments in the latter part of the dialogue is away from the sensory analogy of thought to the model of propositional knowledge.
Plato has thus taken us on a quick tour of the limits of ordinary language analysis: it is useless against a proposed new perspective that demands, on the basis of some proposed advantage, a change in fundamental understanding and language used.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.2.5
He shows that there was in antiquity widespread agreement that a dialogue such as the Theaetetus is in its structure an example of the method for answering philosophical questions.
For example, I once had occasion to catalogue twenty-two distinct and mutually exclusive interpretations of the Parmenides, a dialogue that is generally recognized as the gateway to the later works.
He calls the work a "dialogue of search," that is, a work that, however imperfectly, mimics the actual process of discovery of answers to important philosophical questions.
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 Theaetetus (Plato) -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
Although the dialogue never succeeds in giving a clearcut answer to the question "What is knowledge?", it shows the reader some failed and some more fruitful approaches to the question.
The dialogue is split into roughly three sections, Knowledge is (The process of perceiving) perception, Knowledge is true belief, and Knowledge is (Click link for more info and facts about justified true belief) justified true belief.
Theaetetus (Plato) -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
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 Plato’s Theaetetus [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The Theaetetus is one of the middle to later dialogues of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato.
The Theaetetus poses a special difficulty for Plato scholars trying to interpret the dialogue: in light of Plato’s metaphysical and epistemological commitments, expounded in earlier dialogues such as the Republic, the Forms are the only suitable objects of knowledge, and yet the Theaetetus fails explicitly to acknowledge them.
Theaetetus offers the following mathematical example to show that he understands Socrates’ definitional requirements: the geometrical equivalents of what are now called “surds” could be grouped in one class and given a single name (“powers”) by dint of their common characteristic of irrationality or incommensurability.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato's Theaetetus
Plato's Theaetetus is an acknowledged masterpiece, and among the most influential texts in the history of epistemology.
Since antiquity it has been debated whether this dialogue was written by Plato to support his familiar metaphysical doctrines, or represents a self-distancing from these.
The book is addressed to all readers interested in Plato, and does not require knowledge of Greek.
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 Plato, Parmenides ToC: The Online Library of Liberty
In the earlier dialogues the Socratic conception of universals is illustrated by his genius; in the Phaedrus the nature of division is explained; in the Republic the law of contradiction and the unity of knowledge are asserted; in the later dialogues he is constantly engaged both with the theory and practice of classification.
The Parmenides belongs to that stage of the dialogues of Plato in which he is partially under their influence, using them as a sort of ‘critics or diviners’ of the truth of his own, and of the Eleatic theories.
Their transcendental existence is not asserted, and is therefore implicitly denied in the Philebus; different forms are ascribed to them in the Republic, and they are mentioned in the Theaetetus, the Sophist, the Politicus, and the Laws, much as Universals would be spoken of in modern books.
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 Theaetetus Definition / Theaetetus Research
Theaetetus is the name of a very famous dialogue by Plato, which happens to have a central character that goes by the name, you guessed it, Theaetetus.
Theaetetus is a searching analysis of the nature of knowledge - 'rich, inventive, and profound', as Bernard Williams says.
[click for more] mathematician of GeometryGeometry (from the Greek words Ge = earth and metro = measure) is the branch of mathematics first introduced by Theaetetus dealing with spatial relationships.
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 Schiller Institute- Plato's Theaetetus- Excerpt and Discussion of Powers
Platos Theaetetus dialogue was composed upon the death of Theaetetus, the prized geometer of Plato's Academy.
Theaetetus: All the lines which form the four sides of the equilateral or square numbers we called lengths, and those which form oblong numbers we called surds, because they are not commensurable with the others in length, but only in the areas of the planes which they have the power to form.
The future genius and courage of Theaetetus, Plato suggests, is to be seen as one of the marvelous fruits of Socrates' demonstration of his own unity of courage and genius, facing his immanent trial and execution.
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 Encyclopedia: Theaetetus
The Theaetetus crater on the Moon is named after him.
Although the dialogue never succeeds in giving a clearcut answer to the question "What is knowledge?", it shows the reader some failed and some more fruitful approaches to the question.
Much of what we know of him comes from Plato.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Theaetetus   (1565 words)

  
 Knowing Plato - Writing Community
Therefore, after the aforesaid dialogues we should read forth the Cratylus as it teaches about naming, then Theaetetus as about things.
And again the 12 he contracted to 2, to Timaeus and Parmenides, of which two, he placed Timaeus at the top of all the physiological dialogues, and Parmenides at the top of all the theological.
Apology belongs to the early dialogues, and although important it is not difficult.
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 Plato's Parmenides
Turnbull, Robert G. The Parmenides and Plato& Late Philosophy: Translation of and Commentary on the Parmenides with Interpretive Chapters on the Timaeus, the Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Philebus (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).
An understanding of this important dialogue, however, must begin with those ancient presocratic philosophers who were most influential to Plato& philosophy and the Parmenides in particular: Pythagoras, Parmenides, and Heraclitus.
The main characters of the dialogue are Socrates (who was then quite young), Zeno (who was nearing forty), and Parmenides (who was well advanced in years).
www.integralscience.org /platoparmenides.html   (4341 words)

  
 Theaetetus --  Encyclopædia Britannica
In the Republic, the greatest of all the dialogues that precede the Theaetetus, there are three main strands of argument deftly combined into an artistic whole—the ethical and political, the aesthetic and mystical, and the metaphysical.
It may be significant that the only dialogue later than the Theaetetus in which Socrates takes a leading part is the Philebus, the one work of the second group that deals primarily with the ethical problems on which the thought of Socrates had concentrated.
Theaetetus was a disciple of Socrates and studied with Theodorus of Cyrene.
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 Chapter One: Vlastos’ Argument
Plato’s Socrates explained to Meno in the dialogue that the soul is immortal and the importance of recollection.
Theaetetus recognized that his answers were not acceptable during his conversation with Socrates as soon as they were analyzed because they failed to meet the demands of logic.
Plato had the character Socrates claim he did not have knowledge, in order to show the reader that it was not everyday knowledge that he was seeking.
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 plato-nq.htm
Theaetetus (middle) (a dialogue between Socrates and Theatetus, a young student of mathematics, leads to an examination of the nature of knowledge)
Plato and Socrates are recurrent subjects, major and minor (perhaps a Platonic echo of the subdivisions of the dialogues), in the visual arts.
Philebus (late) (a dialogue between Socrates and Philebus about whether it is better for human beings to engage in a life of pleasure or life of thought, leading to an examination of the nature of pleasure)
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 Archytas of Tarentum - Cambridge University Press
415, on the basis of Plato’s dialogue which was named after him (see RE under Theaetetus), while Plato was born in 428–7, when Leodamas is also likely to have been born.
These figures are not exact contemporaries, since Theaetetus is usually thought to have been born ca.
In the fourth century he may have been viewed as an important thinker in his own right, who was also a Pythagorean in his way of living and who developed themes treated earlier in the Pythagorean tradition by figures such as Philolaus.
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 allmath.com - math site for kids! Home of flashcards, math biographies and Ask The Experts
Plato named after him the dialogue Theaetetus, which was devoted to the nature of knowledge.
He was an associate of Plato at the Academy, whose work was later used by Euclid in Books X and XIII of the Elements.
Mathematicians biographies text content is © (1990), (1991-1998)
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 Middle Platonism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The astronomer and mathematician Philip of Opus, believed by most scholars to be the author of the pseudo-Platonic dialogue Epinomis, taught that the greatest wisdom is to be attained through contemplation of the divine celestial bodies.
This phrase is from Plato's Theaetetus (176b) where the qualification "as far as possible" simply means to the extent that a mortal can achieve a divine state.
Eudorus, however, interpreted it as referring to the intellect, that part of the soul most closely akin to the divine (cf.
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 ... A Footnote To Plato: An Introduction to Plato's Theaetetus- Paul Rezendes- The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal
Theaetetus, however, is not one of the beautiful young Athenian adolescents, such as Charmides, who populate the "early" dialogues.
Theaetetus provides an analogy to it in mathematics: a formal distinction that he had proposed, between kinds of numbers, in answer to a problem posed by Theodorus.
Curiously, Plato does not have either Socrates or Theaetetus follow up this suggestion, perhaps because in the context where this notion appears, the names are of logically simple things, things which are capable only of being named.
examinedlifejournal.com /articles/template.php?shorttitle=theatetus&authorid=14   (3367 words)

  
 Plato
The personage of Socrates often makes an appearance in the dialogues of Plato though it is unclear how much of the content and argument of any given dialogue is Socrates' point of view, and how much of it Plato's.
There is a prominent crater on the Moon named the Plato crater, in his honor.
Plato was born in Athens, into a moderately well-to-do aristocratic family.
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 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Abstracts
The bulk of my supports are derived from the dialogue itself based on the conversation between the young mathematician Theaetetus and the old Socrates.
The “Theaetetus” ought to be viewed as a lesson to all of us on how to do philosophy, and how to live our lives, which are one and the same to Socrates.
My paper argues that Plato’s “Theaetetus” should be read heuristically, rather than as laying down a philosophical doctrine.
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 Plato, Statesman: Reading Guide
It is one of a series - Theaetetus, Sophist and Statesman - supposed to be successive conversations among the same set of characters - Socrates, Young Socrates (not Socrates when young, but another person of the same name), Theaetetus, Theodorus, and a Stranger.
This is one of Plato's more didactic and undramatic dialogues.
This dialogue is referred to as Pol., short for Politicus, Latin for 'statesman'.
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 Plato’s Theaetetus [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The introduction of the dialogue informs the reader that Theaetetus is being carried home dying of wounds and dysentery after a battle near Corinth.
The dialogue is a tribute to Theaetetus’ memory and was probably written shortly after his death, which most scholars date around 369 — 367 BCE.
Scholars commonly prefer the battle of 369 BCE as the battle referred to in the dialogue.
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 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.03.35
The topic of the Cratylus might initially seem remote from the concerns that many readers are likely to associate with Plato--the Republic 's search for an adequate definition of justice, or the epistemological investigations of the Theaetetus.
She concentrates on philosophical argument, yet she does not overlook the literary aspects of Plato's dialogue (see, e.g., her discussion of the significance of the words propempsei de se kai Hermogenês hode at the dialogue's end, pp.
B.'s exposition follows the order of Plato's text, from the initial conventionalist argument, through several versions of naturalism (names as tools, the etymological showpieces, the mimesis theory of names), to the return of convention and the dialogue's conclusion.
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