Plato's Meno

Plato's Meno

by Dominic Scott
     
 

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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, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's

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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, though 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 focuses 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

Introduction; Part I: 1. The opening: 70a–71d; 2. The first definition: 71e–73c; 3. A lesson in definition: 73c–77d; 4. The third definition: 77b–79e; 5. Meno as interlocutor; Part II: 6. The stingray: 79e–80d; 7. 'Meno's paradox': 80d–81a; 8. The emergence of recollection: 81a–e; 9. The argument for recollection: 82b–85d; 10. The conclusion: 86b6–c2; Part III: 11. The method of hyposthesis: 86c–87c; 12. Virtue is teachable: 87c–89c; 13. Virtue is not teachable: 89e–96d; 14. Virtue as true belief: 96d–100b; 15. Irony in the Meno: the evidence of the Gorgias; 16. Meno's progress; Conclusion; Appendices; References; Indexes.

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