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Meno is a Socratic dialogue written by Plato. Written in the Socratic dialectic style, it attempts to determine the definition of virtue, or arete, meaning in this case virtue in general, rather than particular virtues, such as justice or temperance. The goal is a common definition that applies equally to all particular virtues. Socrates moves the discussion past the philosophical confusion, or aporia, created by Meno's paradox (aka the learner's paradox) with the introduction of new Platonic ideas: the theory of knowledge as recollection, anamnesis, and in the final lines a movement towards Platonic idealism.. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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. . . has attained an imaginary clearness and definiteness which is not to be found in his own writings. The popular account of them is partly derived from one or two passages in his Dialogues interpreted without regard to their poetical environment. It is due also to the misunderstanding of him by the Aristotelian school; and the erroneous notion has been further narrowed and has become fixed by the realism of the schoolmen. This popular view of the Platonic ideas may be summed up in some such formula as the following: 'Truth consists not in particulars, but in universals, which have a place in the mind of God, or in some far-off heaven. These were revealed to men in a former state of existence, and are recovered by reminiscence (anamnesis) or association from sensible things. The sensible things are not realities, but shadows only, in relation to the truth.' These unmeaning propositions are hardly suspected to be a caricature of a great theory of knowledge, which Plato in va. . . Read More

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And how will you enquire, Socrates, into that which you do not know? What will you put forth as the subject of enquiry? And if you find what you want, how will you ever know that this is the thing which you did not know?

Reading this dialogue immediately after reading the Protagoras confronts the

I was told that there would be no math.

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This is my new philosophy read of the year...at the end of the year. This is Plato's dialogue about the idea of virtue in-general. Meno asks Socrates what virtue is and how do people get it. Of course, this being Socrates the answer or question can not be that simple. First, Socrates wants to define

Bununla birlikte Platon'un birinci bölüm eserlerini bitirmiş oldum :))

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[A spaceport on Trantor. SOCRATES and R. DANEEL OLIVAW]

OLIVAW: How are your researches progressing, Socrates?

SOCRATES: Alas, poorly, good Olivaw.

OLIVAW: I am sorry to hear it. We hope that you may yet discover the

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