The Definition Of Virtue In Plato, Plato And Meno

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Definitions today of virtue go along the lines of possessing the behavior that depicts high moral standards. Plato, one of Socrates’s greatest protégés, created a great piece called Meno. In this work, he follows the conversation between Socrates and Meno, and their discussion on the meaning of virtue. The stories opens up with Meno asking Socrates the meaning of virtue. Socrates does not answer the question, but ask Meno what he think is the definition of virtue. In his opinion, he feels that for a man to have virtue, he must being able to manage public affairs in a way that benefits his friends but harms only his enemies. As the stories goes on, Socrates adds the words justice, moderation and piety to Meno’s definition. Meno then redefines …show more content…
To him, there are many types of virtues, but the main concerns for Socrates is if it is good, just and in moderation. In some cases, a person pursues bad. Socrates would deem this unvirtuous. In other cases, a person may unknowingly pursuing bad. Socrates would explain that no one would unknowingly do so, because desiring bad causes harmful things. Harmful things can lead to misery and no one desire to live miserably. An example of virtue would be receiving flawless academic achievements, such as getting an A in a tough course. A virtuous and good way of achieving this would be to study hard and seek help when needed. Another way of achieving this would be to steal a person’s past work from the class and to copy off people on the test. Both people achieve the flawless academic score, but only one way was …show more content…
If I were to have a child that I feared was straying from a virtuous lifestyle, I would send them to Yosemite or Yellowstone National Park. Unlike religious figures that cloud your mind with commands and judgement, I would send them to forest rangers to learn skills and to appreciate life and what Mother Nature provides. I believe that they would gain more knowledge on how to overcome challenges, show gratitude to those that motivate them and to find peace within themselves so they won’t be tempted towards bad or wickedness. Unlike military boot camps, they would not be forced to perform physically demanding tasks while enduring harsh criticism. My son or daughter will learn how to become virtuous found a much kinder place that allows for them to set their own pace of self-growth towards

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