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Knowledge and belief in Plato's Meno

What is it to know something? And what to believe? Plato thinks we should be aware of the difference: are we?


All human beings in a healthy condition have the capacity to discover and know truth: we also have a capacity to believe. What is the difference? How reliable is each? Where does knowledge come from, and where does belief spring from? Do we recognize when we (or others) are acting from one or the other? In what respect is belief without knowledge useful? Plato's Meno looks at some of the implications of acting from both knowledge and belief, and raises questions which every thoughtful man and women should address, if they are to act in the best way.

We'll begin with a brief talk about Plato's Meno and its main points of discussion; then we'll read four or five pages from the dialogue (96d-100b). We should have an hour plus for a general discussion about our understanding of knowledge and belief.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust's activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the "London Monday Evenings" page.)


Speaker(s):

Mr Tim Addey | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

11 January 2016 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regentís Park Road
London
NW1 7AY


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Organised by:

The Prometheus Trust
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Tickets:

£5 (concessions £3)

Available from:

Donations at the door.

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