Lecture 8 platos meno continued handout is virtue

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Unformatted text preview: le”?—What could that mean? • 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 against • 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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