Socrates' Disavowal of Knowledge

@article{Lesher1987SocratesDO,
  title={Socrates' Disavowal of Knowledge},
  author={J. Lesher},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  year={1987},
  volume={25},
  pages={275 - 288}
}
  • J. Lesher
  • Published 1987
  • 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… Expand
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