M. J. Levett’s elegant translation of Plato’s Theaetetus, first published in 1928, is here revised by Myles Burnyeat to reflect contemporary standards of accuracy while retaining the style, imagery, and idiomatic speech for which the Levett translation is unparalleled. Bernard William’s concise introduction, aimed at undergraduate students, illuminates the powerful argument of this complex dialogue, and illustrates its connections to contemporary metaphysical and epistemological concerns.
“Myles Burnyeat, the Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Cambridge, has revised Levett’s translation to catch the charm and wit of the original in modern English, and has written a magnificent introduction and commentary of 250 pages that is lucid, rigorous, fair and un-put-downable.”
—Philip Howard, The Times (London)
“A masterly contribution to the understanding of the subject in a work of altogether exceptional intelligence.”
—Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Christ Church, Oxford
“Burnyeat’s introduction to the Theaetetus is easily the best available treatment of the dialogue; it is clear, stimulating, sympathetic but not uncritical, full of novel insights. Students at all levels, including professional philosophers, cannot fail to learn from it, to enjoy it. A real gem.”
—Gail Fine, Cornell University