Item description for Plato: Theaetetus (Focus Philosophical Library) by Plato & Joe Sachs...
This is an English translation of Plato's dialogue concerning the nature of knowledge. In this dialogue, Socrates and Theaetetus discuss three definitions of knowledge: knowledge as nothing but perception, as true judgment and as true judgment with an account.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Plato's immediate audience.
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Studio: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 6.74" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co.
Series Focus Philosophical Library
ISBN 158510101X ISBN13 9781585101016
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More About Plato & Joe Sachs
Plato, the greatest philosopher of ancient Greece, was born in Athens in 428 or 427 B.C.E. to an aristocratic family. He studied under Socrates, who appears as a character in many of his dialogues. He attended Socrates' trial and that traumatic experience may have led to his attempt to design an ideal society. Following the death of Socrates he travelled widely in search of learning. After twelve years he returned to Athens and founded his Academy, one of the earliest organized schools in western civilization. Among Plato's pupils was Aristotle. Some of Plato's other influences were Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, and Parmenides.
Plato wrote extensively and most of his writings survived. His works are in the form of dialogues, where several characters argue a topic by asking questions of each other. This form allows Plato to raise various points of view and let the reader decide which is valid. Plato expounded a form of dualism, where there is a world of ideal forms separate from the world of perception. The most famous exposition of this is his metaphor of the Cave, where people living in a cave are only able to see flickering shadows projected on the wall of the external reality. This influenced many later thinkers, particularly the Neoplatonists and the Gnostics, and is similar to views held by some schools of Hindu dualistic metaphysics.
Plato died in 347 B.C.E. In the middle ages he was eclipsed by Aristotle. His works were saved for posterity by Islamic scholars and reintroduced into the west in the Renaissance. Since then he has been a strong influence on philosophy, as well as natural and social science.
Plato lived in Athens. Plato was born in 428 and died in 347.
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Theaetetus Done Right Sep 13, 2008
Plato's Theaetetus is a difficult and complex dialogue. "What is knowledge?", Socrates asks a Stranger, the rest is history. If you are looking for the Theaetetus you likely know it enough, but if not, I highly recommend it; it is short and readable despite the rigorous intensity Plato writes.
Translation: Joe Sachs does an admirable job with this translation. It is accurate (a great aid to reading it in Greek) but still readable. Plato comes through crystal clear and you can spend your time studying him instead of wading through translator paraphrase and bias.
Aesthetics: It's a pretty book. The text is laid well and is a good size; a little small, but that shouldn't be a big deal. The Stephanus numbers are in the margins which allows for easy reference and placemarking.
Durability: Fairly good. Focus Publishers bind their books well (not as well as Green Lion but well enough) so in general, if you treat the book right it endures. This book is small so if you're not careful, you will break the spine so watch out. Stiffening the covers (contact paper or Kapco library binding) is a great idea for all paperback books.
Price: For a translation of this caliber the price is very, very good, even if you choose to purchase it new. You will not (or should not) regret buying it.