Plato's Meno Research Paper

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(Name) (Teacher) (Subject) (Date) Plato’s Meno As one of Plato’s earliest Dialogues, the Meno is known as one of the ancient Greek classics that revealed Plato’s Theory of Forms and beliefs in a world which is separate from the material world that one can perceive at a physical level.


One very significant part of the Meno is that which demonstrates the Theory of Recollection, or the idea that “what appears to be learning something new is really recollecting something already known” (Cohen, University of Washington), or what is known as the doctrine of anamnesis, which means that “all learning is [merely] recollection” (Samet, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). This theory is what Socrates exactly proves to Meno when the latter asks, “…on what lines will you look, Socrates, for a thing of whose nature you know nothing at all?” (Plato, Meno, 80d2). The “thing” that Meno is referring to in his question is actually virtue, for this is the concept upon which the dialogue is particularly focused. Virtue, in fact, is the whole point of the discourse. However, the discussion has temporarily shifted to the Theory of Recollection in the middle part of the dialogue. This begins when Socrates has concluded that “[no one] can know a part of virtue when he does not know virtue itself” (79c1), which means that neither Meno nor anyone else knows virtue. ...
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