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The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues

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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.

Product code: 9781107689961

ISBN 9781107689961
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 265
Dimensions H230xW153xS15
Providing an alternative to the traditional interpretation, this book defends a radically new view of Plato's method of argument in the early dialogues, centred on dilemmas and aporiai. Offering new directions for the debate around Plato's method, it will be a valuable resource for advanced students and scholars of Plato.