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Knowledge and Truth in Plato: Stepping Past the Shadow of Socrates

Catherine Rowett


I defend four main theses: (1) Knowledge, in Plato’s vocabulary, is a kind of conceptual competence, involving ‘knowing what it is’ about something like virtue or justice; (2) There is a corresponding special meaning of the verb ‘is’ that occurs in the expression ‘knowing what it is’, which is key to understanding what Plato means by claiming that Forms have a superior kind of being; (3) When one knows ‘what it is’ about such concepts, one knows neither a proposition, nor set of propositions, nor an object, but something like a type. Plato’s term is eidos. Plato rightly notes that, in ordinary ... More

Keywords: knowledge, definition, concept, geometry, philosophical method, Meno, Republic, Theaetetus, being, iconic method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693658
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199693658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Rowett, author
University of East Anglia