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  • Socrates Sets Meno
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    There is not a great deal of context that is crucial to understanding the essential themes of the Meno, largely because the dialogue sits nearly at the beginning of western philosophy. Socrates and Plato are working not so much in the context of previous philosophies as in the context of the lack of them. Further, this is very probably one of Plato's earliest surviving dialogues, set in about 402 BCE (by extension, we might presume that it represents Socrates at a relatively early stage in his o...
  • Socrates Idea For The Just City
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    The questions of what exactly knowledge, virtue and the soul are, are among the most important problems of philosophy The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and exist. If there is life after death, the soul must be capable of an existence separate from the body. The mysteries of birth and death, the lapse of conscious life during sleep, even the most common operations of imagination and memory, which abstract a man from his bodily presence even while ...
  • Bad Virtue
    853 words
    The dialogue opens up with Meno asking what virtue is and whether it could be taught. Socrates asks Meno for a general definition of virtue, since as Socrates points out, we cannot figure out if virtue can be taught if we do not have a clear idea what it is. Socrates is looking for a general, or formal definition of virtue, not just examples or instances of it. Socrates wants to know what all the examples of virtue have in common. He wants to know the essence of virtue. Meno initially offers a l...
  • Dialogue Socrates And Meno Journey
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    Plato Meno In Plato's dialogue Socrates discusses ways in which virtue can be acquired with Meno. Three possibilities are confronted, first that virtue is innate within the human soul. The second suggests that virtue can be taught, and the third possibility is that virtue is a gift from the gods. These ways are debated by Socrates and Meno to a very broad conclusion. Socrates poses the question that virtue may be innate within the human soul. Thesis to say that all people would have virtue withi...
  • Possession Of True Opinion And Knowledge
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    To research Plato's paradox in the Meno, we can first consult the definition of what platonism is. Websters defines platonism as 'actual things are copies of transcendent ideas and that these ideas are the objects of true knowledge apprehended by reminiscence. ' For this essay, we will assume that transcendency is- 'that which is beyond comprehension', and reminiscence as 'past experience'. The Meno is a dialogue between Socrates, a scholar and Meno, who eventually became an explorer. For this e...
  • Meno And Socrates
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    Before reading the Meno I thought I had a clear definition of exactly what virtue meant. Once I read the dialogue I realized that I only have an idea of what virtue and being virtuous means. I definitely think that it has many aspects to it, including moderation, justice, effort, patience, knowledge and being able to live peacefully with others. I believe that virtue is something that everyone has their own meaning for, yet everyones meanings go along the same lines. Since virtue is more complex...
  • Answer To A Question
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    In Plato's dialogue entitled "Meno", the title character Meno confronts Socrates about a supposed paradox concerning the nature of inquiry. This paradox holds that inquiry is either unnecessary or impossible. Given a particular object, if you know what it is, then inquiry is unneeded, and if you don't know what it is, then inquiry is impossible because one would not know even where to begin. In response, Socrates introduces his theory of recollection (TOR) as a solution to Meno's Paradox. The TO...
  • Meno's Questions About Virtue
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    Plato's the Meno is most commonly taken as a book about virtue. In my opinion, the Meno's central issue is teaching. The entire book revolves around Socrates answering Meno's questions about virtue. It is a book that teaches us about teaching, rather than actually answering the question that is presented, "Can virtue be taught? Or is it not teachable but the result of practice, or is it neither of these, but men possess it by nature or in some other way?" Every time Meno presents a question to S...
  • Meno's Definition Of Virtue
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    Late in his life Socrates went around the market place having discussions with the countrymen. He believed that if someone claimed to know what X was then they should be able to define it. So he would usually ask a question such as, what is X? Socrates would not be pleased by just any answer; it had to be a solid definition. According to Socrates a solid definition consists of three conditions. The first is that the definition of X must hold true for all things that are X, but not for those thin...

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