An explanation of menos argument and socrates response

They do well enough themselves most of the time, but their opinions are not always reliable, and they aren't equipped to teach others. Silverman, Allan.

meno four definitions of virtue

Thus, the inquiry is required despite the fact that people already know the answers to the questions that are asking, due to the fact that inquiry stimulates reminiscence.

Socrates says that maybe Gorgias did know, but that since he is not present, Meno should say what virtue is so that Socrates will meet with the good fortune of no longer having to say that he has never come across anyone who knows what virtue is. In his reply, Socrates jokes that Meno must be from a place where wisdom abounds because in Athens where the conversation takes place no one knows what virtue is, let alone how it is acquired.

Socrates introduces the theory in connection with a proof in geometry. The epistemological thesis characterizes reason as a distinctive form of thinking.

In these cases, there is a recognized method, a standard procedure, for arriving at the correct answer. Conclusion: since virtue cannot be taught, it must not be knowledge. How the Doctrine of Recollection is supposed to solve the problem of recognizing instances You can recognize an instance of X when you don't know what X is, in the following sense: you already know implicitly intuitively what X is, at least well enough to recognize instances of it.

You know how looking at a math problem similar to the one you're stuck on can help you get unstuck? Next Socrates proposes a definition of color as a kind of effluence from bodies 76c-e. But what about answers to non-empirical questions? Meno attempts to define virtue again, suggesting that it involves desiring good things and having the power to secure them, but only if one does so justly.

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Socrates and Menos Paradox