Posted by: kenwbudd | September 27, 2010

The Plato Code – We are all ignorant

What was Plato’s positive philosophy?

Plato depicted the brilliant talk of earlier philosophers, but never stepped forward to state his own views directly. Every reader wrestles with this problem of Platonic anonymity.

Most of us form some opinion of Plato’s central agenda and philosophy but, strictly speaking, this is more or less conjecture.

The range of possible views is illustrated by the minority, in both ancient and modern times, who concluded that Plato was a destructive sceptic with no positive views at all. For them, Plato was merely a brilliant provocateur. His final allegiance was to Socrates’ claim that we are altogether ignorant.

TPM: The Philosophers’ Magazine | The Plato Code


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