The epistemic reach of aisthēsis in Theaetetus 184-6




This paper explores the scope of the theses presented in Theaetetus 184-6 concerning the epistemic capacity of aisthēsis. I develop two main arguments in this analysis. First, I situate the passage within the broader context of 151-183 and propose that the argument in 184-6 stands independently of the analysis of the Protagorean theses conducted in 151-183. Then, I analyze the traditional reading of 184-6, which holds that aisthēsis lacks cognition, and contrast this perspective with that of those who argue that Plato allows for some judicative content at the sensory level. I demonstrate that both readings exaggerate the importance of Plato’s defended position in 184-6, particularly regarding the epistemic limits of perception.


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BORGES, A. de P. The epistemic reach of aisthēsis in Theaetetus 184-6. Philósophos - Revista de Filosofia, Goiânia, v. 29, n. 1, 2024. DOI: 10.5216/phi.v29i1.78663. Disponível em: Acesso em: 13 jul. 2024.