Education and the Acquisition of Knowledge

C. D. C. Reeve

in Blindness and Reorientation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199934430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980659 | DOI:
Education and the Acquisition of Knowledge

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This chapter discusses the education program designed to produce philosopher-kings. It explains the difference between knowledge and belief, their respective relations to the form of beauty and the many beauties, and the vexed question of their scope: is knowledge only of forms or is it also of the world of becoming? This chapter develops a new account in terms of cognitive reliability of the characterization of belief as dealing with “what partakes in both being and not being,” of dialectic and its role in leading to unhypothetical cognition, and of whether or not Plato’s epistemology is holistic. A final topic is the epistemic status of the Republic itself.

Keywords: education; dialectic; knowledge; belief; ta polla kala; the scope of epistēmē; mousikē and gymnastikē

Chapter.  7026 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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