By Paul Stern
The Theaetetus is among the most generally studied of any of the Platonic dialogues simply because its dominant subject matter matters the numerous philosophical query, what's wisdom? during this new interpretation of the Theaetetus, Paul Stern offers the 1st full-length remedy of its political personality in dating to this dominant topic. Stern argues that this process sheds major gentle at the specialty of the Socratic lifestyle, with admire to either its preliminary justification and its final personality.
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Jyl Gentzler (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 115–16. 12:45 P1: JZP 9780521884297c02 30 CUNY1278/Stern 978 0 521 88429 7 March 4, 2008 The Prologue transmitting Socrates’ thought to those living after his death. 49 Only through Plato’s appending of the Prologue, however, do we know of Socrates’ contribution to the production of the text. Again, in confiding this fact to us, Plato narrows the most manifest difference between himself and his creation – namely, Socrates’ aforementioned opposition to writing.
Through that discussion, the wisdom expressed in and through midwifery comes to light as that which both grasps knowledge as a problem and reflects on the implications thereof. 3 Two Teachers Talking (143d1–144d7) The slave-boy begins reading the transcript. Curiously, even though subject to his editorial scrutiny, the transcript commences with Socrates and Theodorus in midconversation rather than at the beginning or even at some natural breakpoint in their discussion. The intensely reflexive character of the dialogue as a whole – not surprising given its theme – prompts the thought that such a beginning requires us, from the start, to fill in the blanks, to think what is not there immediately before us.
The alternative deaths of Theaetetus and Socrates, and the political conflicts these represent, epitomize the problematic character of human fulfillment or wholeness. This problematic wholeness compels the question of whether there is some unifying principle, or perhaps some greater whole, that might resolve the discord within. Socrates explores this question of our wholeness, the question of the unity of virtue, in numerous dialogues. In the Protagoras, for example, he famously recommends knowledge as the ground of the unity of the apparently heterogeneous virtues.
Knowledge and Politics in Plato's Theaetetus by Paul Stern