Philosophical Analysis Of The Meno Essay

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Philosophical Analysis Of The Meno
The periscope of text I will be writing about is the meno, which is one of the Plato’s earliest works in which he writes about Socrates. The meno can be said to have many meanings or interpretations, but the main interpretation of the meno can be said to be a dialogue in which Socrates and meno have a heated discussion about virtue and what it really means. Socrates questions Meno about what he perceives virtue to be because meno apparently has knowledge on the topic. The heated talk between the two brought about 3 particular answers for the question “what is virtue?” In the dialogue meno says “if you want the virtue of a man, it is easy to say that a man's virtue consists in being able to manage public affairs and thereby help his friends and harm his enemies – all the while being careful to come to no harm himself. If you want the virtue of a woman, it’s not difficult to describe: she must manage the home well, keep the household together, and be submissive to her husband; the virtue of a child, whether boy or
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In the dialogue between Socrates and the slave boy there are multiple instances where this flaw can be observed, one of them being when he asks the slave boy “Well, let us draw from it four equal lines. Surely that will be the thing you say is the eight-foot area square?” (Holbo and Waring, page 15) and the slave boy answers “certainly”. In the conversation between Socrates and the slave boy, Socrates is asking basic questions which sometimes end in a yes or a no, and in the example used above he uses surely which is a cue, and then the slave boy has only one answer which is yes. This disproves Socrates’ concept of recollection from past lives, because he did not allow the slave boy to explain his answers, but instead he just asks him yes or no questions with