Meno

Biography: Plato

One of the truly greatest philosophers of all time was Plato, a native Athenian born in 427 B.C.  He grew up in a wealthy family and began to appreciate philosophy at some point in his late teens and early twenties, around the time of his introduction to Socrates.  As a student of Socrates, he adopted …

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Meno: Biography: Plato

One of the truly greatest philosophers of all time was Plato, a native Athenian born in 427 B.C.  He grew up in a wealthy family and began to appreciate philosophy at some point in his late teens and early twenties, around the time of his introduction to Socrates.  As a student of Socrates, he adopted …

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Meno: Top Ten Quotes

“If I do not know what something is, how could I know what qualities it possesses?” (Socrates) “Tell me, what is this very thing, Meno, in which they are all the same and do not differ from one another?” (Socrates) “No one then wants what is bad, Meno, unless he wants to be such.  For …

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Meno: Theme Analysis

As a prelude to Platos Phaedo, the Meno introduces the theory that knowledge comes by recollection and is further examined in the former work.  Nonetheless, Socrates introduces this idea and it deserves some clarification and explanation.  Plato believed that the soul was immortal.  Being such, it also had knowledge that was simply forgotten by the …

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Meno: Character Profiles

Socrates: He is at first of his usual disposition, jovial and eager to talk on the subject of virtue.  But in the second half of the dialogue we see a different Socrates, considering weaknesses in his own argument and using new methods of inquiry and argument not found in other Socratic dialogues. Meno: A young …

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Meno: Novel Summary

SummaryAfter a rather abrupt start into the conversation, we learn that Meno would like Socrates to speak about if virtue can be taught, and if not, how it is that men come to possess it.  Socrates implies that the influence of Gorgias (an ancient rhetorician) has had an effect on Meno, and that is in …

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