Hum Lecture- Mar 3, 2008

Hum Lecture- Mar 3, 2008 - March 3, 2008 The Philosophical...

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March 3, 2008 The Philosophical Introduction to Plato: Meno -Opinions of Socrates and opinions of Plato are NOT the same -Historical man Socrates and the character in the dialogue are NOT the same -DO NOT assume that Socrates is always right -CLAIM: Highlight and emphasize platonic themes and method of philosophy The Argument of Meno The Acquisition of Virtue 1. Can Virtue (means Arete) Be Taught? 2. What is Virtue? Socratic irony He always knows something others don’t, which is nothing, irony 3. Defining Definition (central issue) capacity to govern men, power to acquire them, public, masculine form of success 4. Meno’s Second Definition of Virtue Meno offers examples of virtue but doesn’t defined virtue itself Woman- running household Man- running city 5. Meno’s “Perplexity” ( Aporia-not having a way through ) Definition has collapsed because its circular reasoning Usual state of mind where people are at when they talk to socrates Meno’s Dilemma: No New Knowledge
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Hum Lecture- Mar 3, 2008 - March 3, 2008 The Philosophical...

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