Virtue and Knowledge in Plato's Meno Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Virtue and Knowledge in Plato's Meno
An essay describing the themes of virtue and knowledge in Plato's "Meno".
# 149196 | 903 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper describes the examination Plato makes in his dialogue "Meno" on the subjects of virtue and knowledge. Providing a basic overview of the use of Socrates as the speaker, the writer shows how Plato uses dialogue as his medium for the subjects. Brief and direct, this dialogue is a discussion of the topics that Plato elicits into question within his writings.

From the Paper:

"Instead, Socrates pushes the discourse away from this idea of virtue as being mutable according to one's biographical characteristics. Instead, he begins to draw a close correlation between one's proclivity toward virtue and one's being possessed in the knowledge to behave thusly. To the point, Socrates balks at Meno's demand to be educated on the subject of virtue, indicating that this is relatively an impossible concept. In the 'learning' requested by this exchange, Meno's has demanded for Socrates to provide him with able and applicable definitions of virtue. However, proceeding from his initiating statement that he neither truly knows the definition of virtue nor has he ever known somebody who does, Socrates warns Meno's of the impossibility of his request. Virtue, instead, becomes something more affiliated with knowledge and experience than instruction, helping to reveal the reason for its elusiveness where applying definition is concerned. To Socrates, virtue pertains to the knowledge accumulated in one's pursuits. Therefore, "the soul, then, as being immortal, and having been born again many times, rand having seen all things that exist, whether in this world or in the world below, has knowledge of them all; and it is no wonder that she should be able to call to remembrance all that she ever knew about virtue, and about everything.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jowett, B. (trans.). (380BC). Plato's Meno. The Internet Classics Archive.

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