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Not bringing things to a standstill: Plato's Theaetetus on how (not) to speak about a world in which knowledge is perception.

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This thesis is concerned with Theaetetus' definition of knowledge (‘Knowledge is perception') and Protagoras' Measure Doctrine (‘Man is the measure of all things') as discussed in Plato's Theaetetus (151e-187a). I shall argue that Protagoras' Measure Doctrine is best understood as a doctrine of infallibilism: all beliefs are true. I shall argue that Theaetetus' definition commits Theaetetus to perceptual infallibilism: all perceptual beliefs are true. Further, I shall argue that Protagoras...

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Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
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University of Cambridge
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DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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2020-02-24

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