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5 February 2008 The Perplexity of Meno Meno, a Sophist student, approached Socrates with a presumably simple question: what is virtue? Socrates countered the question with several of his own, challenging Meno and forcing him to come up with answers of his own, rather than those of his teachers. The state of perplexity Meno finds himself in after bantering with Socrates was actually extremely beneficial to Meno’s state of thinking. In the beginning of the dialogue, Meno recited his teachings for ever question Socrates asked him. As Socrates continued to question Meno, the student was forced to think for himself for once, instead of rely on the answers of past teachers. Although he accuses Socrates of
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Unformatted text preview: practicing sorcery in beguiling his mind, Socrates had the right idea. In challenging Meno to think in unfamiliar ways, he was pushing Menos mind to its limits and further. Menos mind was expanding in ways that perplexed him because he was not used to thinking in such unconventional methods. Socrates was doing Meno a favor, for, in the long run, these exercises would one day prove useful to Meno as he continues his journey and develops responses to other such philosophical questions such as virtue and what it is....
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