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Virtue, Practice, and Perplexity in Plato’s Meno. Account Options Sign in. Plato – – Cambridge University Press. One of the clearest examples of Scott’s charitable reading of the Meno is his interpretation of recollection.

Scott refuses to recognize even the slightest irony or hyperbole in Socrates’ acott to Meno’s challenges, and rules out in advance the possibility that the dialogue might contain “self-consciously bad argument” 4.

Dominic Scott: Plato’s Meno.

Only in the case of the paradox of inquiry do we have a challenge of philosophical substance, even if as Scott contends not in every respect. The Meno of Plato.

Scott’s refusal to acknowledge any irony in the Meno is responsible, too, for his interpretation of the dialogue’s end. It is no straightforward exercise to extract the views of the historical Socrates from the Platonic dramatizations and fictionalizations of Socratic conversations.

To this extent I am unable to share his view that the Meno is designed to operate at two levels, if this is read, as seems intended, as requiring us to posit a Meno of low motives and brainpower in contrast with an eager, intelligent readership.

Rather, as we saw above and as Scott is keen enough to emphasizeMeno expresses hesitancy about endorsing its application to virtue. Its treatment of these, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many Meno in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy categorize this paper.

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Perhaps the reason he resists this further application is that the only thing he regards as genuine virtue is ruling others and having power and money, and not whatever it is that women, old men, children, and slaves might have that goes by that name. Such an approach requires us to make a rather sharp distinction between Meno’s character and that of at least some of Plato’s readership. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

His assumption may be plausible; but it is startling nonetheless that Scott offers, as far I can see, no grounds for it.

Plato’s Meno Dominic Scott No preview available – In the light of this, it is slightly perverse to claim that “[b]y mentioning the possibility that the questioner is ‘erisitc'” Socrates is imputing that failing to Meno It seems mere prejudice to deem Meno incapable of having a serious and sincere concern in raising and then not retreating from the issue.

Philosophy in Review I would argue, then, that of the three features that Scott sets out on pp.


Indeed one wonders why Meno would ask the question in the first place in his “peremptory” fashion if not because he regards it as of pressing practical importance. History of Western Philosophy. But its susceptibility to criticism is a virtue too. Scott’s clear analysis and considered judgments illuminate dmoinic dark corners of the dialogue.

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By “Socratic” here Scott is clear that he means what do,inic to that elusive figure, the historical Socrates. This entry has no external links. As early as the Apology Socrates is aware that he is alienating those he questions and even entertains the sominic that he is corrupting the young, albeit unintentionally. Is this mere coincidence? There is much richness and insight in Scott’s interpretation of the Meno that I have not commented on. Plaot finds some fault, however, in stating that the speech displays “resentment”, on the basis of its warning to Socrates not dominnic travel abroad The second unifying theme that Scott identifies is Meno’s moral progress and education.


But, indeed, this is something we should expect since Socrates says at 98a5: Recollection and the Mathematician’s Method in Plato’s Meno.

Dancy Florida State University. Meno’s continued inclination to investigate the question of how virtue is acquired without first having discovered what it is motivates the introduction of the method. In any event, the fact that Socrates makes “use of the term ‘erisitc’ to describe the dilemma” 80 does not, without begging the question of Meno’s character, imply that Meno’s own “motives for using the argument are bad” ibid.

It is evident that he is troubled by young people’s viewing his serious work as amusement and practicing it as sport.

Scott indeed acknowledges that there can be no teaching, not even of the “maieutic” kind, unless the teacher has knowledge []. Does not Meno declare that defining virtue is “easy,” thus making his definitions of it fair game for Socrates?

With respect to 1it is unlikely that Plato would criticize Socrates for adopting the unitarian sccott. Grube – – New York: Almost exclusively, it turns out, that they are positions that the character Socrates espouses in certain of Plato’s dialogues, namely those that are often treated as “early” and as representing the spirit of the historical figure.

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Scott’s analysis illuminates several of the Meno ‘s puzzles. They are not, however, instrumental. Scott also strikes a balance between two other extremes: The assumption that we should determine what virtue is before asking whether it is teachable is not made the subject of a serious philosophical challenge either. That being so, can we be certain platk Socrates’ criticism of Meno is straightforwardly endorsed by Plato?