Knowledge and belief in Republic V

We ought to combine the predicative and veridical readings of estin. Plato’s view involves a parallelism between truth and being: when we know, we grasp a logos which is completely true and is made true by an on which is completely (F). Opinion takes as its object a logos which is no more true than false and which concerns things which are no more (F) than not (F). This view, I argue, is intelligible in the context of the presuppositions which underlie Socratic ‘What is F?’ questions
Keywords Plato  epistemology  Republic V
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DOI 10.1515/agph.1997.79.3.239
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