Plato Five Dialogues - Meno

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Plato Five Dialogues – Meno Main question: Meno wants to know if virtue can be taught, comes by practice, or is acquired by one’s birth and nature Socrates – “If I do not know what something is, how could I know what qualities it possesses?” what is virtue o Emphasizes the importance of a true definition of virtue – meno states that there are many different types of virtues what makes them all virtue? (ex. of bees of different types but they are all bees) o Meno states that virtue is to be able to rule over people what about slaves? o Meno – “virtue is to desire beautiful things and have the power to acquire them” beautiful = good? Some don’t desire good? Is it bad to them or good to them? What’s desiring? Do the people know that bad things will harm them? Does anyone want to be unhappy? Then no one wants what is bad!
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Unformatted text preview: • Can’t use parts of virtue to explain nature of virtue • Meno says that Socrates is a sorcerer and perplexes people, Socrates explains that he’s just as confused as Meno! • 80d – Meno – how can you look for meaning of virtue if you have no idea where to look?? o 81d – Socrates – souls are reincarnated know everything from living so long “learning” is actually just recollection of something known in a previous life • Ex. of Squares ---- he didn’t know the answer, through prodding discovered that he had the answer the whole time • 88c – “All that the soul undertakes and endures, if directed by wisdom, ends in happiness, but if directed by ignorance, it ends in the opposite” o virtue must be knowledge b/c supplemented by wisdom (b/c we know it’s beneficial)...
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