Plato's Meno

Plato's Meno

by Dominic Scott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521104688

ISBN-13: 9780521104685

Pub. Date: 03/19/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Given its brevity, Plato's Meno covers an astonishingly wide array of topics: politics, education, virtue, definition, philosophical method, mathematics, the nature and acquisition of knowledge, and immortality. Its treatment of these, through profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's many…  See more details below

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Given its brevity, Plato's Meno covers an astonishingly wide array of topics: politics, education, virtue, definition, philosophical method, mathematics, the nature and acquisition of knowledge, and immortality. Its treatment of these, through profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's many enigmas and attempts to solve them in a way that is both lucid and sympathetic to Plato's philosophy. Reading the dialogue as a whole, it explains how different arguments are related to one another, and how the interplay between characters is connected to the philosophical content of the work. In a new departure, this book's exploration focused primarily on the content and coherence of the dialogue in its own right, and not merely in the context of other dialogues, making it required reading for all students of Plato, be they from the world of classics or philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521104685
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the Dialogues of Plato Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The opening : 70a-71d11
2The first definition : 71e-73c23
3A lesson in definition : 73c-77d31
4The third definition : 77b-79e46
5Meno as an interlocutor60
6The stingray : 79e-80d69
7'Meno's paradox' : 80d-81a75
8The emergence of recollection : 81a-e92
9The argument for recollection : 82b-85d98
10The conclusion : 86b6-c2121
11The method of hypothesis : 86c-87c129
12Virtue is teachable : 87c-89c145
13Virtue is not teachable : 89e-96d161
14Virtue as true belief : 96d-100b176
15Irony in the Meno : the evidence of the Gorgias194
16Meno's progress209

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