Plato discusses theories of knowledge throughout his famous dialogue, the Theaetetus.
He discusses many different ways of learning and attempts to define knowledge. Plato
does this through a conversation between a few characters: Socrates, the famous
philosopher; Theodorus, an aged friend and philosopher of Socrates; and Theaetetus, a
young man who is introduced to Socrates before a discussion. One aspect of knowledge
which they review is perception. It is defined and explained by Socrates, to
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world in a different
This is what Socrates explains to Theaetetus, who sparked the topic of
conversation with his reply, “knowledge is simply perception.” He was incorrect in his
thinking because knowledge consists of justification, belief, and truth. Since two of these
aspects are unattainable with perception alone, then perception can, in no way, be
considered knowledge. Theaetetus quickly learns the error he has made and the dialogue
and the examination of knowledge continues.