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Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume II

May 30th, 2006 | 1 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Theaetetus is introduced by Theodorus, a teacher of geometery who praises Theatetus for being acute, manly, and above all, a man of unique and peculiar gentleness.
But is Theaetetus, a man of some nobility, a good student? Theodorus praises him for being like “the quiet flow of a stream of oil,” for a sort of placidness or docility that Theodorus marks out a good student. This tranquility of spirit seems impossible for any learner, especially for a learner who is yet young. The learning process is a difficult process–it demands tripping and falling, stopping and starting again, but Theaetetus apparently has not yet begun this process.

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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.