This book proposes and defends a radically new account of Plato's
method of argument and enquiry in his early dialogues. Vasilis
Politis challenges the traditional account according to which these
dialogues are basically about the demand for definitions, and
questions the equally traditional view that what lies behind
Plato's method of argument is a peculiar theory of knowledge. He
argues that these dialogues are enquiries set in motion by dilemmas
and aporiai, incorporating both a sceptical and an anti-sceptical
dimension, and he contends that Plato introduces the demand for
definitions, and the search for essences, precisely in order to
avoid a sceptical conclusion and hold out the prospect that
knowledge can be achieved. His argument will be of great value to
all readers interested in Plato's dialogues and in methods of
philosophical argument more generally.
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