Signification, Essence, and Meno's Paradox: A Reply to David Charles's 'Types of Definition in the Meno'

Phronesis 55 (2):125-152 (2010)
Abstract
According to David Charles, in the Meno Socrates fleetingly distinguishes the signification from the essence question, but, in the end, he conflates them. Doing so, Charles thinks, both leads to Meno's paradox and prevents Socrates from answering it satisfactorily. I argue that Socrates doesn't conflate the two questions, and that his reply to Meno's paradox is more satisfactory than Charles allows
Keywords definition   essence   knowledge   Meno’s paradox   true belief   signification
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