By Jacob Klein

The Meno, probably the most commonly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is obvious 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 based on the presentation, so, Klein exhibits, should still smooth readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein bargains a line-by-line statement at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and thoroughly probes every one major flip of the argument."A significant addition to the literature at the Meno and beneficial examining for each scholar of the dialogue."—Alexander Seasonske, Philosophical Review"There exists no different observation on Meno that is so thorough, sound, and enlightening."—ChoiceJacob Klein (1899-1978) was once a scholar of Martin Heidegger and a instruct at St. John's collage from 1937 until eventually his loss of life. His different works comprise Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, additionally released by way of the collage of Chicago Press.

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And yet how is it possible at all to know what one does not know? " Critias does not believe that Socrates could fail to notice this and accuses Socrates of merely trying to refute him, while neglecting the very thing the argument, the logos, is about. evos ijltj wore Aa0co oiofjievos \xkv ri eidevat, eidcos Si fir} — 166 d 1 - 2 ) . T h i s exchange presents us with an example of the twofold function of the logos, the argumentative one and the mimetic one. What Critias says is far from wrong perhaps, but the possible rightness of his statement is at best "in words" only: his possibly being right does not mean, as we see a short while later, that he, in fact, possesses sophrosyne and understands what he is saying.

Guard. And we should not overlook at least one considerable 49 counterpart in "insufficiency" or "badness," but with the possible exception of a drone there is no counterpart to a bee. Having thus disposed of the auxiliary question, as if it were settled or could easily be settled, Socrates immediately draws the consequence with regard to arete. Even if there are many different aretai, says Socrates, they all have a certain aspect, one and the same, mind you, in virtue of which they are what they are, namely aretai (hen ge ti eidos tauton hapasai echousi, di' ho eisin aretai).

71 e 1 - 72 a 5] Meno proceeds to tell in what human excellence consists. He insists—four times (ou chalepon, rhaidion, ou chalepon, ouk aporia eipein) —that this telling does not present any difficulty. T h e sort of thing human excellence is depends, according to his statement, on the circumstances of the person in whom it is exhibited, that is on his sex, his age, his status in the human community, on the kind of action he is engaged in, on the goal he pursues, and so on. And Meno does not forget to add that lack of excellence manifests itself in equally diversified ways.

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