Philosophy Exam 1 Chapter 2

Philosophy Exam 1 Chapter 2 - Meno's Eristic Paradox: It...

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Meno’s Eristic Paradox: It was his response to Socrates when he finds out he knew less than he thought he did. His response, “Why bother if true virtue is so difficult to find?” Why did Meno use it? It was a 3 step method to escape a philosophical problem he learned from his teacher Gorgias. 1. Since we don’t search for what we think we already know 2. and since we don’t try to find what we don’t know because we wouldn’t know how to recognize it 3. then, why bother looking at all? Lets just quit! Socrates 4 Responses: 1. the person who finds out that they don’t know something is better off, not worse off, since they can now go search for what they lack. 2. we have another way to recognize which ideas are true because we have “old souls” that have learned everything before. 3. the unexamined life is not worth living 4. it makes us “better, braver, and less idle” strongest response would have to be the last one because Socrates is explaining in a quick response that makes sense in a powerful way. Weakest response would have to be the 2 nd response. By saying this he is stating something not every person would agree with. It is not a strong statement to per sway a person. Plato’s Philosophy: Belief is a necessary part of Knowledge, but it is certainly not the whole of knowledge. Just because you I believe something strongly doesn’t mean I know it, not even if I believe it very strongly. Truth is REQUIRED.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course PHIL 1310 taught by Professor Yuan during the Spring '06 term at Texas State.

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