The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates

Gareth B. Matthews

in The Oxford Handbook of Plato

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780195182903
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Socrates


Epistemology and metaphysics as described by Socrates is the crux of this article. Socrates here is all set to assess the wisdom of the candidates. He goes about arguing as to who is wiser and the various aspects of wisdom. He also elaborates on wisdom as a virtue. The article further harps on the idea of what counts as knowledge and also highlights the differences between Socratic Ignorance and Complete Ignorance.

Keywords: epistemology; metaphysics; wise; wisdom; virtue; Socratic ignorance; complete ignorance

Article.  10908 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Classical Philosophy ; Epistemology

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