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• What about empirical truths? Lecture 8, Plato’s Meno continued — Handout Is virtue knowledge/understanding?
Aer the exchange, M insists that S address whether virtue is teachable, despite S’s demand to determine what
virtue is ﬁrst
S again refuses to address that question directly, but instead notes that if virtue is knowledge, then virtue will
be teachable (and if virtue is not knowledge, it will not be teachable)
So he then turns his attention to the question whether virtue is knowledge, considering arguments for and
• e main pro argument is that, since virtue is beneﬁcial, and all actions guided by knowledge turn out
well, virtue must be knowledge e diﬀerence between true belief/opinion and knowledge/understanding
S maintains that they were right to say that actions guided by knowledge always turn out correctly, BUT
ey were wrong to say that only actions guided by knowledge turn out correctly—actions guided by true
opinion (doxa) also turn out correctly
• e example of the “Road to Larissa” (97a5-c2) is supposed to show this
is leads M to ask “why knowledge (epistêmê) is prized far more highly than right opinion, and why they
are diﬀerent” (97...
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