Plato: Meno In the dialogue Meno, Socrates and a bright young man from a well-endowed family named Meno, undergo a lengthy discourse in the topic of virtue. Socrates questions Meno about his beliefs regarding virtue and uses his method of cross logical examination to challenge Meno’s claims in order to free him from such false beliefs and invites him to examine the essence of virtue together. Meno, then perplexingly questions Socrates about his own method of discovery through logical inquiry and puts forth a dilemma which argues that a person can neither inquire about what he knows, since he already knows it, nor can he inquire about what he does not know since firstly, he has no reference as to how to go about finding it, and secondly, he
Knowledge is the key to success in our everyday life. From Plato’s Meno, Benjamin Jowett, trans, where Meno and Socrates are both discussing if they know what virtue really stands for. When they both decide to see if the slave boy is aware of knowledge, Socrates ask geometric questions from the slave boy. The boy was born and raised in Meno’s house and he has never been to a school or anywhere where he could learn geometry. Socrates thinks that the boy is the best person to be asked.
Before modern philosophy, Plato wrote numerous important philosophical works during his lifetime, but some of the more important ones are his works involving Socrates. With these works, Plato touched upon important beliefs that seem clear-cut to us, but are much more complicated than believed. One of these beliefs involves the meaning and importance of knowledge. The topic of knowledge is important in his works Protagoras, Euthydemus, and Meno. There are three points he brings up involving proper knowledge: the importance of good teaching, the necessity of knowledge to do what is best in the world, and how virtue is a type of knowledge.
Meno dialogue with Socrates is one of five dialogues appears in the book in which Plato wrote to record some of his teacher’s philosophy. The dialogue with Meno is about the reachability of virtue. However, when Meno asks Socrates “can virtue be taught?” (Meno 70a) he claims that he do not know what is virtue so he can even know if it teachable or not.
Plato’s, Meno, is quite significant to the history of mathematics. During the fifth century BCE Greek mathematics was more theoretical and self-conscious; it would be paired together with philosophy in their education. Although most of Plato’s piece is largely focused on Socrates and Meno struggling to define what “virtue” is, mathematics is still an extremely important role. This is quite evident when the boy is asked to find a square equivalent to double the size of the current square. The boy confidentially answers that the lines are double the size because the square is double the size, even though this is wrong since it gives four times the size.
Meno’s paradox (80d5) is more than just a linguistic puzzle. For Plato, the paradox has much broader consequences. First, the paradox is an obstacle for discovering appropriate Socratic definitions. Second, the paradox may give some indication that Plato was having misgivings concerning the approach toward discovering definitions. With this in mind, Plato answers the paradox with an elaborate response: what we normally call learning is just recollection.
In Meno Socrates discusses his belief that humans and society are better off knowing that they don’t know something rather than thinking they do know something they don’t. People are better off knowing they don’t know something because they will not claim to know and understand something that they do not and in turn discredit someone else 's feelings; realizing they don’t know may also be cause enough for someone to push themselves and question themselves so they can know whatever it is they wish to know. However, the question of is ignorance bliss still remains. It is better for someone to know they don’t know because they won’t think they can understand a situation they can’t. There are a lot of things people can’t understand until they’ve
When looking at Aristotle’s views of virtue ethics, we must understand that it takes place over a period, and is the enlightenment of the individual concerning traumatic and dramatic life events that have occurred in the individual 's life time (Williams & Arrigo, 2012). This view of virtue is one that shows us that the person must take these negative events that have occurred in the individual 's life will for a time hold a power over them of guilt and shame that they were not able to protect themselves better during the event that took place. Once the person has accepted the fact that the event has taken place, and they then start to recover from the event. Once the recovery process has taken place, the person will then be able to not only rebuild their lives but will be able to use the event that took place as a stepping stone that has moved them to build a stronger life for themselves (Williams & Arrigo, 2012).
After Reading about Platos Etchics, I have come to the conclusión that Philosophers are and have been a huge help to the world, to human kind specifically. Socrates and Plato, both very bright and outstanding Philosophers focused on the idea of happiness, concepts were created, examples were given, and it is crystal clear. When I thought about happiness I imagines a person, or myself with that feeling inside. That feeling that could only result from doing what I like to do, spending my time with people I care about, or maybe enjoying a movie at home, one of my favorites. I saw happiness as a resulting factor when you do what you like to do, the key Word here I would say is “result”, because after Reading all about the Plato”s Ethics and theories,
Comparing the speeches on The Symposium I will show the role of love based on Plato, Socrates and Diotima in which I believe is to follow a pathway that leads to a state of love that is asexual, unconditional and permanently. I also believe that all philosophers were lovers. Socrates states love can be anything like the simplest need to the deepest form of love like the love of a mother and a son. According to Diotima, when love is perceived is mostly seen as beautiful and good but she argues that love is not either sinister or good rather something in between. She also conveys love is infinite within humans this leaving our trajectories by reproducing.