A Commentary on Plato's Meno - download pdf or read online

By Jacob Klein

ISBN-10: 0807809462

ISBN-13: 9780807809464

The Meno, essentially the most extensively learn of the Platonic dialogues, is noticeable afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners might have wondered and tested their very own considering in line with the presentation, so, Klein indicates, should still glossy readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein deals a line-by-line statement at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes every one major flip of the argument.

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G. ) W e also learn f r o m M e n o (79 e 7 - 8 0 a 2) that he is not unfamiliar with Socrates' r e p u t a t i o n as that of a man who curiously excels in the question-answer game, continually raising difficulties for others as well as for himself. M e n o wants to be told about the m a n n e r in which excellence accrues to men. B u t the very wording of his question implies that it is m e a n t as a challenge to Socrates, the " q u i b b l e r " 1 9 : " T e l l me, if you can. . " 3. Socrates does not take u p the Thessalian's challenge: h e does n o t answer the question at all.

And is there any way to exclude Plato, the writer, from the rank of "knowers"? ). Critias insists that a man who "knows himself" (γιγρώσκει αίτόί tavrbv) must possess the knowledge which not only knows "the other knowledges" b u t also—and mainly—knows itself {ϊπιστήμη or yvQ>ais αϋτή (αυτής) and that precisely such knowledge constitutes sophrosyne (166 c 2-3; e 5-6; 168 a 6 - 9 ) . Socrates does not challenge this statement—more precisely, does not challenge its converse, to wit, that a man who possesses that which "knows itself" {τύ αυτό γιyvSiaKov) will "know himself" (αύτόϊ αυτύν γνώσ(ται) (169 e 6—7), b u t he wonders about the statement's implication.

Affirmer que Platon n'a rien £crit, au sens oil 1'on dit que Socrate ne savait rien et n'a rien d i t ) . Cf. Epist. VII, 341 c 4 - 5 ; Epist. I I , 314 c 1-4. 63. Apol. 23 a 3—5; Xenophon, Memorab. χ«ι τά πλΰστα ΐρωταν). culty in this: he claims that these statements amount to the same thing (170 a 1). And yet how is it possible at all to know what one does not know? " Critias does not believe that Socrates could fail to notice this and accuses Socrates of merely trying to refute him, while neglecting the very thing the argument, the logos, is about.

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