Plato 's Perspective On Knowledge

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Plato’s Perspective on Knowledge
Epistemology is the field of philosophy that deals with the nature, scope and origin of knowledge. It looks at how all forms of knowledge including what human beings claim to know and what they think they know, are derived. Many philosophers have contributed to the discussion of the origin of knowledge with various perspectives being applied. Some of the major views on epistemology are innate versus acquired knowledge as well as the rationalist and empiricist perspectives of reason and experience respectively. Plato’s stand on the origin of knowledge can be found in the detailed Theaetetus. These were Plato’s writings that covered his views and beliefs in the issue of epistemology. Some of his views on the issue of epistemology are, however, found in what is known as the Meno.
Theaetetus is one of the greatest pieces of work in the philosophical field of epistemology. It gives a clear explanation to the term knowledge according to Plato. The Theaetetus is also like many other dialogues by Plato that involve questions and answers. In this particular dialogue, Socrates is the enquirer. Plato has always been described as a rationalist, however, when he answers Socrates on the definition of knowledge, he seems to imply that knowledge all about experience. Plato first defines knowledge as perception and later refutes this argument to redefine knowledge as true judgment.
Firstly, to Plato knowledge is a matter of perception. Socrates in the…
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