Meno Vs Meno

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The theme of Meno is the argument on whether virtue can be taught, as discussed by Socrates and Meno. To reach a conclusion on whether or not virtue can be taught requires that the philosophers first define what exactly is being taught, or what is virtue. Socrates claims to know nothing about virtue, except that he is looking for it 's form. As a result, Meno provides many definitions for Socrates. This paper will analyze Meno 's definitions of virtue and the soundness of Socrates ' argument against them as he searches for the form. The first definition offered by Meno is that virtue is the “power of governing mankind.” Socrates argues against this definition with the question of “Does this virtue include all virtue? Is virtue the same in a child and in a slave, Meno?” These question are directly followed by questions that tie to Meno 's earlier but fruitless attempt to define virtue as being specific to each age, gender, and personal situation. Using this premise, that there are multiple virtues for each stage/state of…show more content…
Socrates then questions whether anyone desires evil as opposed to good, since even those who understand the negative consequences of their evil are desiring good for themselves to avoid becoming “Miserable and ill-fated.” Socrates ' argument is founded on the premises that those who do evil must know that they will be hurt by it, and that no man wants to become hurt, and as a result, no one truly desires evil. This argument broadens the definition of virtue to include all men as being virtuous, since no one desires evil, which leads to Socrate 's need to clarify Meno 's definition as an alternative

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