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The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues

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The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues by Vasilis Politis
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This book proposes and defends a radically new account of Plato's method of argument and enquiry in his early dialogues. Vasilis Politis challenges the traditional account according to which these dialogues are basically about the demand for definitions, and questions the equally traditional view that what lies behind Plato's method of argument is a peculiar theory of knowledge. He argues that these dialogues are enquiries set in motion by dilemmas and aporiai, incorporating both a sceptical and an anti-sceptical dimension, and he contends that Plato introduces the demand for definitions, and the search for essences, precisely in order to avoid a sceptical conclusion and hold out the prospect that knowledge can be achieved. His argument will be of great value to all readers interested in Plato's dialogues and in methods of philosophical argument more generally.

Author Biography

Vasilis Politis is Head of Philosophy and Director of the Plato Centre at Trinity College Dublin. He is co-editor of The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy (with Giorgos Karamanolis, Cambridge, 2017), and has published numerous essays in journals including Phronesis.
Release date NZ
March 15th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 Line drawings, black and white
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
265
Dimensions
152x229x14
ISBN-13
9781107689961
Product ID
27507679

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