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By Jacob Klein

ISBN-10: 0226439593

ISBN-13: 9780226439594

The Meno, the most greatly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is visible afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners could have puzzled and tested their very own considering in line with the presentation, so, Klein indicates, should still smooth readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein bargains a line-by-line observation at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes each one major flip of the argument."A significant addition to the literature at the Meno and important studying for each pupil of the dialogue."—Alexander Seasonske, Philosophical Review"There exists no different observation on Meno that is so thorough, sound, and enlightening."—ChoiceJacob Klein (1899-1978) was once a scholar of Martin Heidegger and a train at St. John's university from 1937 till his demise. His different works contain Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, additionally released through the college of Chicago Press.

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T h e r e is, however, another aspect to Meno's question, not apparent, but ascertainable from other literary as well as from subsequent statements in the dialogue itself. T h e same kind of question, couched in similar terms, but usually restricted to a specific virtue, justice or prudence, for example, and, on the other hand, applied to all kinds of skills, seems to be a recurrent topic in Plato's time. 1 8 T h e three factors involved— (a) nature (physis), (b) practice, exercise, cultivation {empeiria, melete, epimeleia, to gymnazesthai), (c) instruction, teaching (paideusis, didaxis) - a r e , of course, always mentioned.

The two "beginnings" (apxaL) that come to the fore in Sophist, T h e Same (ravrbv) and T h e Other . (Oarepov), their shadow, as it were, on the entire structure of But the cast the Theaetetus. T h e Theaetetus is clearly divided into three parts, of which the first one is, in purely quantitative terms, by far the largest, larger than the second and the third taken together. Each of these parts puts before us, in a "typically" different way, one of the types of error of which our dianoia is capable, and the first of these is more fundamental than the other two.

And what a happy refutation that would 32. Cf. Cratyl 437 b 2 - 4 combines Mm with novij. (Cf. also the pun 33. Cf. Ed. ; 573 f. (in Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, 2. , 1. Teil, 2. B d . ) ; H. W. Smyth, A Greek Grammar for Colleges, 1920, §§ 2168, 2 9 7 4 ; J . D. , pp. 511 ff. [71 d 4 - 8 ] 46 be! For "if you turn out to be a knower, and [therefore also] Gorgias/' it would appear that he, Socrates, had actually met at least two people, Gorgias and Meno, who knew! In the protasis of the hypothetical sentence he uses, Socrates shifts back from "opinions" to "knowledge" for both Meno and Gorgias.

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