Socrates' response: the ability to rule men is only good if the rule is just but justice is only one of the virtues so meno has defined the general concept of virtue by identifying it with one specific kind of virtue socrates then clarifies what he wants with an analogy. An examination of the laches, meno, and protagoras in the socratic dialogues of plato, socrates often argues against the pretence of knowledge in his interlocutors in the case of the laches, meno, and protagoras dialogues, the pretence is the knowledge of virtue, among other things. Ancient greek philosophy philosophy 201, fall 1996 meno outline part i what is virtue 70a question: can virtue be taught 71b socrates: must know what virtue is before knowing its qualities.
A summary of sections 80 - 86 in plato's meno learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of meno and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Reminding meno that he is only asking the slave his opinion (and not teaching him), socrates continues his examination to the original square of four feet in area, socrates adds three more, thus creating a square four feet on each side (and so four times the area of the original square--it may help to draw this out yourself. Study questions for plato’s meno 1 meno asks,” can virtue be taught” socrates steers the conversation to a question he thinks must be answered first: “what is virtue” meno answers confidently at 71e what reason does socrates give for rejecting this first definition (72a-73c) 2 meno tries again at 73d what is his definition there, and what reasons does socrates give for.
This method is deeply related to the idea of anamnesis--the interlocutors are thought to be actually recalling the truths set out in the dialogues, rather than simply learning them from socrates the examination of meno's slave is an excellent microcosm of this process. Meno is one of the platonic dialogues, where socrates and his student meno talks about the recollection of knowledge (knowledge is learned from previous. Meno's theme is also dealt with in the dialogue protagoras, where plato ultimately has socrates arrive at the opposite conclusion, that virtue can be taught and, whereas in protagoras knowledge is uncompromisingly this-worldly, in meno the theory of recollection points to a link between knowledge and eternal truths.
The meno, essentially the most commonly learn of the platonic dialogues, is noticeable afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation simply as socrates's listeners could have wondered and tested their very own pondering in line with the presentation, so, klein exhibits, should still sleek. Socrates seems unimpressed he tells meno that there must be some singular ideal of virtue and not merely an inexhaustible list of examples by dividing the idea of virtue into many splintering definitions, meno is making many out of one as if he were breaking a plate into many shards.
In this sense, meno is something of a straw man set up by plato to highlight the kind of philosophy socrates wants to denounce meno clearly prefers the sophist-style definition of color offered by socrates to the plain, direct definition of shape that socrates himself prefers. “then, meno, the conclusion is that virtue comes to the virtuous by the gift of god” -plato (meno) the conclusion that true virtue is given through divine means is often considered to either be a droll sense of irony from plato, or an allusion to plato’s later theory of forms and the form of the good.