Socrates' Disavowal of Knowledge

  title={Socrates' Disavowal of Knowledge},
  author={James H. Lesher},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  pages={275 - 288}
  • J. Lesher
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Philosophy
Socrates steadfastly disavowed knowledge, or so say Plato, Aristotle, Aeschines, and Diogenes Laertius. In the eyes o f the later sceptics, Socrates' refusal to claim knowledge r ep re sen ted a signal contr ibut ion to philosophy. Yet Socrates has of ten not been taken at his word; some (e.g., N o r m a n Gulley) have viewed Socratic claims to ignorance as mere pretence, while others (e.g., W. K. C. Guthr ie) have caut ioned that there were limits to the ignorance Socrates claimed. More… 

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