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Perception, Relativism, and Truth: Reflections on Plato's Theaetetus 152–160

  • Mohan Matthen (a1)

My purpose in this paper is to investigate the ontological structure of the theory that Plato ascribes to Protagoras in the Theaetetus (152–160). My interest is not just historical—what I wish to do is to explore the contemporary significance of Plato's Protagorean thesis, especially with regard to the theory of truth and the theory of perception. Even so, I shall attempt to say quite a lot about the text—I think that certain recent interpreters (especially M. F. Burnyeat [1982]) are on the wrong track with regard to Protagorean relativism, precisely due to their misjudging the relation of the Theaetetus doctrine to more recent philosophy.

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M. F. Burnyeat (1976), “Protagoras and Self-Refutation in Plato's Theaetetus“, The Philosophical Review 85.

M. F. Burnyeat (1982), “Idealism and Greek Philosophy: What Descartes Saw and Berkeley Missed”, The Philosophical Review 91.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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