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  • Theme Of Justice In Meno

    The Meno poses seemingly unanswerable questions, as the mercenary Meno meets with Socrates in his search for virtue. From Meno’s perspective, their looping and circuitous conversation attempts to come to a clean, digestible close for Meno to take with him and apply to his own life. Socrates, however, is frustrated with Meno’s inability to change his way of thinking about the questions that are being asked of him. The flaws in this dialogue are key to the purpose of the Meno. While there are no final answers to the meaning of virtue, there are lessons that can be extracted from the Socratic method. Lessons in the theme of justice serve as effective contemplation within the dialogue that provide insight into virtue. There are numerous occasions…

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  • The Controversy Of Virtue In Plato's Meno

    In Plato’s Meno, Meno begins with the question, “Can you tell me, Socrates, can virtue be taught? Or is it not teachable but the result of practice, or is it neither of these, but men possess it by nature or in some other way?" (70a). Afterward, Socrates answers the way he usually does by replying with questions back to Meno in order to achieve a conclusion where virtue can be taught. Virtue is moral excellence or "arête", and the innate characteristic of each individual. In the end of the Meno,…

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  • Wisdom In Meno

    bianuju Nwaigbo Instructor: Nathan Poage Class: Phil 1301 Date: 09/15/2016 Discuss the role of wisdom in true virtue according to Meno and the Phaedo Meno and Phaedo are two important works by Plato (429–347 BC). Plato was greatly influenced by Socrates and included Socrates as basis of many of his literary works. Meno deals specifically with virtue and whether it can be taught. Phaedo is significant as it reveals the conviction of a truth-seeker just before dying for a cause. Phaedo narrates…

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  • Socrates And Meno Analysis

    The dialogue between Socrates and Meno revolve around a fundamental issue: whether virtue can be taught. However, Socrates indicates that it is unfeasible to answer this question without knowing what virtue really is. He is interested in knowing the intrinsic nature of a virtue and what makes all instances of virtue, virtuous. In other words, the reason why something is a virtue. Although Meno produces his first faulty definition when he says, “If you want the virtue of man, it is easy to say…

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  • Meno Vs Socrates

    Philosophy: The Pursuit of Truth, in the Company of Nous Socrates, as presented in many works of Plato, makes inquiries about the garnering of knowledge and truth. In the platonic dialogue, Meno, Socrates attempts to answer Meno’s paradox: if you don’t know what you are looking for, how can it be found? Meno’s question allows for the assertion that inquiry is impossible, for how do we know what to ask, if we don’t know, or have knowledge about, what we are asking. This perplexity brings up the…

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  • Meno And Socrates Virtue

    In Plato’s Meno dialogue, Meno starts off by asking Socrates what virtue is and whether or not it can be taught. However, Socrates ask Meno if he knows t the definition of virtue, and mentions that virtue cannot be taught if you do not know what virtue really is. Throughout the dialogue, Socrates and Meno mention that virtue is attained in a person. They come up with three possible reasons that virtue can be achieved within the human soul, that it can be taught,…

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  • The Importance Of Virtue In Plato's Meno

    In Plato’s Meno, the central question in the dialogue is whether virtue can be taught. To figure this answer out, you would have to know what virtue is. Merriam -Webster dictionary states that virtue is a “conformity to a standard of right and a particular moral excellence.” Oxford dictionary states that virtue is “ a behavior showing high moral standards.” These and many other dictionaries have identical definitions showing us that there is a common ground on the definition of virtue. However,…

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  • Theme Of Virtue In Plato's The Meno

    A central theme in Plato’s The Meno is virtue. It is approached through posing two questions: How does one acquire virtue? And what exactly is virtue? Meno poses the question “can virtue be taught?” (70a) Meno’s goal is to understand how one can acquire virtue, but Socrates inquires as to what virtue is. Meno attempts a few definitions of virtue, which Socrates deems inaccurate through the usage of the elenchus, where he dissects each suggestion to show Meno that it does not hold all the…

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  • Discussion Of Virtue In Plato's Meno

    Plato’s Meno directs a majority of its attention towards what the meaning of what virtue truly is. Meno gives the readers many different meaning of what virtue could be, but Socrates always challenges his definitions. There are various reasons as to why Socrates contests Meno’s answers. Socrates is looking for an explanation of what virtue is that helps demonstrates what the idea of knowledge truly means, and that will show us what we do and do not know. Socrates first challenges Meno with the…

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  • The Definition Of Virtue In Plato's Meno

    In this dialogue, Meno tells Socrates what he believes virtue is, and Socrates rejects Meno’s definitions and indirectly tells him the type of definition he is looking for. When Socrates asks Meno to give him a definition of virtue, Meno says that “a man virtue is to be able to manage public affairs” and that there are different types of virtues (71e). Meno says that a man virtue is different from a woman’s virtue, which is also different from a child’s virtue and so on. Socrates wants Meno to…

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