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Protagoras and Meno by Plato

Protagoras and Meno

by Plato

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An excellent introduction for the general reader, but notes so sparse I wonder why they bothered at all. The translation of Meno is flowing and readable. I can't speak for Protagoras as I recently read someone else's translation. The two dialogues are a sensible fit though as they both deal with virtue. ( )
1 vote Lukerik | Oct 18, 2016 |
A couple of the more enjoyable dialogues because they are much more accessible and they concern a more practical topic: virtue. That said, I find it hard to rate it high when I disagree with a large part of Socrates' argumentation and conclusions. I have no certainty that virtue is the same as knowledge, as he states in both of them, and then dismisses later in the Meno. I do think it's possible to have knowledge and still act unvirtuously, unlike Socrates. And I do think that sometimes emotions, passions, or other sorts of impulses can over-ride knowledge in the course of decision-making, unlike Socrates. I vehemently disagree with the conclusion in the Meno that virtue is some sort of divine inspiration. And finally, I completely disagree that it cannot be taught. There is also Socrates' false modesty on great display in Protagoras, especially 361a. I wish I knew how much of this was Plato and how much was the genuine Socrates. ( )
1 vote blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
The Meno is Plato's finest and most ironic dialogue. ( )
1 vote Audacity88 | Jan 8, 2009 |
Plato examines the concepts of knowledge and virtue.
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Plato, the most brilliant of Socrates The cover shows a detail from a Greek amphora in the Louvre

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