Theaetetus

Plato


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Theaetetus is one of Plato's dialogues concerning the nature of knowledge, written circa 369 BC. In this dialogue, Socrates and Theaetetus discuss three definitions of knowledge: knowledge as nothing but perception, knowledge as true judgement, and, finally, knowledge as a true judgement with an account. Each of these definitions is shown to be unsatisfactory. The dialogue is framed by a brief scene in which Euclides tells his friend Terpsion that he has a written record of a dialogue between Socrates and Theaetetus, which occurred when Theaetetus was quite a young man. This dialogue is then read aloud to the two men by a slave boy in the employ of Euclides.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 95 pages in the PDF version. This translation by Benjamin Jowett was originally published in 1871.

Production notes: This ebook of Theaetetus was published by Global Grey in 2018.

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