How does plato distinguish between knowledge and belief?


How does plato distinguish between knowledge and belief? How is it based in his metaphysics?

Kartikay Sharma

Posted 2015-09-11T17:04:40.583

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Interestingly, we have no question with the Plato tag on this topic. We do have one two terms for knowledge in Plato:

– virmaior – 2015-09-12T03:00:41.323

Also, is this question for a class? (I ask because it's exceptionally clear and precisely the sort people tend to get asked in classes) – virmaior – 2015-09-12T03:00:58.500

It is not for class but rather for a test that is very important for me. If that is not allowed then i'm sorry. I didn't know about it. I couldn't find a good answer so i posted it here. – Kartikay Sharma – 2015-09-12T11:28:26.540

2Class-related questions are not disallowed (= they are permitted), but some of our members prefer not to be involved in these sorts of questions, and it helps to disclose this sort of thing. – virmaior – 2015-09-12T18:05:22.723

@Kartikay Sharma How about this PLATO: TRUE BELIEF AND KNOWLEDGE IN MENO AND THAEATETUS That's how one knows to change essay topics for class, when ready made essays are posted online.

– Conifold – 2015-09-12T22:21:02.273



If you read the site below, you will have a pretty decent understanding of Plato on this topic:

A quote from the site states:

Theaetetus' third proposal about how to knowledge is (D3) that it is true belief with an account (meta logou alêthê doxan).

This is where we get the statement: Justified True Belief is Knownledge

You can also state the equation with three sentences: S knows that p eff:

  1. p is true;
  2. S believes that p;
  3. S is justified in believing that p.

I hope this helps

Teagen Dix

Posted 2015-09-11T17:04:40.583

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1At least in early and mid Plato, it would not at all be accurate to equate knowledge with justified true belief. – virmaior – 2015-09-21T02:19:43.963

@virmaior if you read Theaetetus, he clearly makes this connection – Teagen Dix – 2015-09-21T03:07:18.960

1Perhaps, but my comment was merely that early middle Plato doesn't draw this connection and Theaetetus is late Plato. – virmaior – 2015-09-21T03:11:20.403