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Originally released in 1990. This booklet discusses in a philosophically liable and illuminating manner the growth of the discussion and its separate sections to enhance our figuring out of Plato’s paintings on Theaetetus. An early assurance of this discussion, this research predated a surge in learn of Plato’s piece which tested Socratic and pre-Socratic notion. The author’s argument is that the Theaetetus engages in re-assessment of prior doctrines of middle-period Platonism in addition to reaffirming theories approximately wisdom. a big paintings in Platonic reports and epistemology.

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