Timothy Chappell's new translation of the Theaetetus is presented here in short sections of text, each preceded by a summary of the argument and followed by his philosophical commentary on it. Introductory remarks discuss Plato and his works, his use of dialogue, the structure of the Theaetetus, and alternative interpretations of the work as a whole. A glossary and bibliography are provided.
"Timothy Chappell's Reading Plato's Theaetetus offers a translation of the Theaetetus, presented in small chunks of texts preceded by a summary and followed by in-depth analysis of the passages. The text would be an excellent companion to an upper level undergraduate course or graduate course on the Theaetetus, and is an invaluable resource for anyone working in this range of Plato's dialogues. . . . This translation is a major accomplishment in terms of style and accuracy, and it is a pleasure to read. . . . Timothy Chappell's Reading Plato's Theaetetus is a first-rate piece of scholarship that will be of great service to students of the dialogue for years to come."
—G. S. Bowe, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Those who come fresh to the Theaetetus will find plenty of help in Timothy Chappell's volume, which addresses the sorts of questions likely to be asked by an intelligent reader—especially one unfamiliar with Plato's manner of writing philosophy—and does its job in a fresh and stimulating way."
—Christopher Rowe, University of Durham
"Timothy Chappell's translation is reliable and readable, and his commentary connects accessibly with the text. He communicates, with clarity and concision, a thorough command of the complexities of Plato and the various interpretative positions. Chappell's own interpretation takes account of important scholarship generated in the fifteen years since the publication of M. F. Burnyeat's landmark commentary. It also argues for a different overall assessment of the place of the Theaetetus in Plato's philosophical pilgrimage. The book deserves to be read by all who study the Theaetetus at any level. For beginners in particular it would make sense to treat Chappell as first port of call for guidance through the dialogue."
—Sarah Broadie, University of St. Andrews
About the Author:
Timothy Chappell is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Dundee, UK.