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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy 20A Hannen 11/26/07 • What is knowledge? The Theatetus • Modern perspective on Plato • Get Meno to see something for himself • Reason, rational conversation, conversational inquiry • Makes evident that he doesn’t have the answer to the question • Reference to previous attempt at knowledge • Doesn’t take himself to be able to knowledge into use • Get knowledge out by asking the right kinds of questions, offering criticisms to cause revision until there is a clear picture of what they already know • Three Proposals: • Knowledge is perception • Knowledge is true belief. • Knowledge is true belief plus an account • Not enough to know first two are wrong, have to understand the problems, etc to figure out what the right account is • Knowledge as perception: • “Of all things the measure is man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not. – Protagoras • Protagoras argued for relativism, on the basis of the apparent subjectivity of judgments about perceptual qualities • Fixed standards of knowledge...
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- Fall '07