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Belief and Truth: A Skeptic Reading of Plato

Katja Maria Vogt


This book explores a Socratic intuition about the difference between belief and knowledge. Beliefs—doxai—are deficient cognitive attitudes. In believing something, one accepts some content as true without knowing that it is true; one holds something to be true that could turn out to be false. Since our actions reflect what we hold to be true, holding beliefs is potentially harmful for oneself and others. Accordingly, beliefs are ethically worrisome and even, in the words of Plato's Socrates, “shameful.” As the book argues, this is a serious philosophical proposal and it speaks to intuitions th ... More

Keywords: skepticism, Plato, belief, knowledge, truth, ignorance, investigation, Pyrrhonism, Theaetetus, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katja Maria Vogt, author
Columbia University