Knowing Persons: A Study in Plato

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Lloyd Gerson offers an original new study of Plato's account of persons, a topic of continuing interest to philosophers. His book locates Plato's psychology within his two-world metaphysics, showing that embodied persons are images of a disembodied ideal, and that they reflect many of the conflicting states of the sensible world. For Plato, Gerson argues, philosophy is the means to recognizing one's true identity.

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"The discussions of the dialogues found in the book are worthy of consideration and valuable to scholars, even if one does not hold that separation is the ultimate aim of Platonic philosophy."—The Thomist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199288670
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Souls and Persons
1. Souls and Persons
2. Socrates and Self-Knowledge
3. Protagoras and the Power of Knowledge
2. Immortality and Persons in Phaedo
1. The Structure of the Argument for Immortality
2. The Cyclical Argument
3. The Recollection Argument
4. The Affinity Argument
5. The Objections of Simmias and Cebes
6. Socrates' Reply to Cebes and the Argument from Exclusion of Opposites
1. 3. Divided Persons: Republic and Phaedrus Tripartition and Personhood
2. Tripartition and Immortality in Republic X
3. Phaedrus
4. Knowledge and Belief in Republic
1. Knowledge Versus Belief
2. The Form of the Good
3. The Divided Line and the Allegory of the Cave
5. Theaetetus: What is Knowledge?
1. Interpreting Theaetetus
2. Knowledge is not Sense-Perception
3. Knowledge is not True Belief
4. Knowledge is not True Belief with an Account
6. Personhood in the Later Dialogues
1. Timaeus
2. Philebus
3. Laws
7. Concluding Remarks

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