Plato: Theaetetus

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Theaitetos [Theaetetus] is one of Plato’s finest works, and it shaped the theories of knowledge from Aristotle to the present. Given Western philosophy’s focus on problems of knowledge in the modern period, one might adapt Whitehead’s dictum on Plato’s significance to say: “European epistemology consists of a series of footnotes to Theaetetus.” Careful study of Theaetetus discloses the limits of empiricism, and reveals that Platonism remains vitally relevant in contemporary philosophy. In contrast to the writings of modern epistemologists, Theaetetus not only sparkles …

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Wood, Kelsey. "Theaetetus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 April 2006
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