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The Contribution of Socratic Method and Plato's Theory of Truth to Plato Scholarship

Studies in the History of Philosophy S. v. 61

By (author) Rod Jenks
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Jul 2001
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773473610
ISBN-13: 9780773473614
Barcode No: 9780773473614
Synopsis
In Plato's early dialogues, Socrates typically draws from his interlocutors definitions of moral terms, then demonstrates that these positions or their consequences are inconsistent with the definitions they have offered. On numerous occasions in the early dialogues, Socrates claims that this method will yield truth. This study argues that Plato entertains a theory of truth according to which consistency is sufficient for truth, rescuing him from the charge of having confused consistency with truth and solving the puzzle of Socratic ignorance. The author also suggests a new theory of Plato's philosophical development: Middle and Late Plato did not abandon Socratic philosophy; rather, he sought to secure its foundations. The late Plato returns to Socratic method in the penultimate work of the corpus, "Philebus".

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