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By Jacob Klein

The Meno, 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 may have wondered and tested their very own considering in accordance with the presentation, so, Klein exhibits, should still sleek readers get entangled 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 thoroughly probes each one major flip of the argument.

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W e should not overlook the "example" "which Socrates gives early in the conversation and in a casual m a n n e r while bringing u p an apparently more important and more comprehensive problem: ". . " (71 b 4 - 7 ) . 2. T h e dialogue begins abruptly with Meno asking Socrates: " C a n you, Socrates, tell me, is h u m a n excellence (arete) somet h i n g teachable? Or, if n o t teachable, is it something to be acquired by training? " T h e r e are two aspects of that question and of the way it is p u t which strike us, the listeners or readers, immediately.

Athens, in particular, comes to the fore at the very beginning of the dialogue. T o w a r d s the end of his little speech Socrates identifies himself explicitly with his (imaginary) fellow citizens, inasmuch as he too claims to be ignorant about w h a t h u m a n excellence, all in all (to parapan), is. " A n d it is the same with me too, M e n o " (Ego oun kai autos, ό Menon, houtos echo), are his words. W e note this ironic explicitness, keeping in m i n d that, i n all likelihood, Socrates alone a m o n g his fellow citizens w o u l d confess to his ignorance on t h a t point.

Since T h e o d o r u s is the only older person in the crowd around Socrates, it would follow, says Socrates, that nobody except him and Theodorus are to exchange questions and answers, if Protagoras' demand for a serious consideration of his doctrine is to be satisfied. ), T h e o d o r u s gives in (169 a 6 - c 6) and joins the discussion. Socrates' psychagogia, which i n this case, as on many other occasions, used the art of mitnesis itself, has borne fruit. I n Protagoras' speech which comes o u t of Socrates' mouth it is reasserted that the distinction between "true" and "un71.

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