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Kimberly Rauch Hannen Philosophy 20A Lecture 7 Meno sets stage, search for definition and inconclusive failure and revision Meno is a transition to Levite Virtue is the desire of things honorable and the power of attaining them o Socrates: the honorable is good and everyone desires the good. Only those who acquire it justly are virtuous. Again, justice is a part of virtue, and the definition is, thus, circular. Believes that all wrong doing are ignorance – Socrates Everyone desires good so that doesn’t tell me what virtue is… Meno’s Aporia If you don’t know what you are looking for, how will you know when you’ve found it? Challenge to Socrates thoughts Capture all and only the things that is encompasses For the first time there is a challenge to Socrates, because there is never a correct definition, why should I inquire to learn if I can never know, and if I found it I wouldn’t know what it was, because I don’t know anything. Either I know or I don’t know, but if I don’t know how could I inquire because I don’t know what to look for
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