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March 3 rd , 2008 Humanities week 9 lecture 1 A Philosophical Introduction to Plato: Meno I. The Argument of Meno a. The Acquisition of Virtue i. Can Virtue ( Arete ) be taught? ii. What is virtue? 1. masculine, public virtue 2. Socrates: I don’t know what virtue is, so I can’t answer if I can be taught iii. Defining definition 1. central issue for Plato, and the historical Socrates as well, (defining important terms) 2. “irony” Socrates is an ironic person, he always knows one thing more, than the people he’s talking about, that he’s ignorant. iv. Meno’s Second Definition of Virtue 1. man- running the city / women – running the household 2. Socrates said he’s only listed examples of virtue, but not what it is. 3. Starts to define “definition”: definition of shape and color 4. Socrates’ definitions give an idea of Plato, giving a definition without using the examples of that word you’re defining v. Meno’s “Perplexity” ( Aporia ) 1. people desire good things, not evil things 2.
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