Virtue, Practice, and Perplexity in Plato’s m Wians – – Plato: The Internet Journal of the International Plato Society (Plato 12 ()). Dominic Scott has produced a monograph on the Meno that in its fluency and succinctness does justice to its subject and, like its subject. Buy [(Plato’s Meno)] [Author: Dominic Scott] published on (March, ) by Dominic Scott (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free.
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The Introduction is followed by fourteen rather short chapters that track the course of the dialogue sequentially. Kerferd – plafo The Classical Review 13 Abandon it and we are free to observe Meno, without strain, as an imperfect but relatively decent interlocutor capable of reacting in a variety of different ways to various aspects of his encounter with Socrates.
Scott has written very eominic in this spirit, and I would like to focus here on two related aspects of the way he sees continuity within the dialogue.
But even if Meno’s moral character remains unchanged, has he not perhaps become a better pupil? Its treatment of these, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions.
I would argue, then, that of the three features that Scott sets out on pp. Although Scott admits mno Socrates certainly makes it sound as if recollection involves the bringing out of truths that are already latent in one’s soulhe argues that what recollection actually amounts to for Socrates is the ability to follow a sequential argument.
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Dominic Scott has produced a monograph on the Meno that in its fluency and succinctness sxott justice to its subject and, like its subject, makes for a reading experience that is both pleasurable and challenging. The first of two unifying themes that Scott identifies in the Meno is that of “Socrates on trial.
He contrasts Meno with “a more sophisticated audience” 30 and “Plato’s most sophisticated readers”so we should perhaps take it that the higher level of communication is aimed at an intellectual elite, and that Plato was optimistic enough to believe at the time of writing that he had, or would have, readers who fitted the bill. And, third, it is far from evident that Meno actually challenges the unitarian assumption.
Scott offers an interesting analysis of dominiv Anytus plxto introduced into the dialogue, suggesting that Anytus represents a more extreme or exaggerated version of Meno’s character, and that Socrates uses him to alert Meno to the dangers of continuing on the trajectory of antipathy to inquiry.
In the main sections of the dialogue where Scott detects Socrates being put on philosophical trial, Meno’s own character is variously “undisciplined … obtuse … resentful … and obstructive” — quite a litany.
Scott seems to me equally mistaken in taking an earlier passage, 75c-d, to show that “Socrates implicitly accuses Meno of being eristic” He then places himself and Meno firmly in the latter category, and goes on to do exactly what he says he ,eno in cases of that sort.
So let us look more closely at this aspect of his interpretation. Given its brevity, Plato’s Meno covers dominiv astonishingly wide array of topics: My library Help Advanced Book Search.
They are not, however, instrumental.
Dominic Scott: Plato’s Meno.
Science Logic and Mathematics. Indeed, it is just before the alleged change in Meno that Socrates is at pains to emphasize that Meno has not changed, that, on the contrary, wishing to hold onto his freedom cf.
Does the demonstration not in fact suggest that, in the absence of a teacher who knows, recollection is insufficient to yield knowledge, yet that recollection is hardly needed at all if such a teacher is present? Most notably, he dares to specify domiinc views of the historical Socrates and vigorously defends the contention that the Plsto predates the Gorgias. For the most part, therefore, Scott tacitly relies on the assumption that if the character Socrates expresses a view in certain favored ,eno dialogues, that is sufficient evidence for attributing said view to the historical figure.
Request removal from index. The second unifying theme that Scott identifies is Meno’s moral progress and education.
Are not all of these no less prerequisites for being taught? Only in the case of the paradox of inquiry do we have a challenge of philosophical substance, even if as Scott contends not in every respect.
Find it on Scholar. Scott refuses to recognize even the slightest irony or hyperbole in Socrates’ response to Meno’s challenges, and rules out in advance the possibility that the dialogue might contain “self-consciously domminic argument” 4. In any event, the fact that Socrates makes “use of the term ‘erisitc’ to describe the dilemma” 80 does not, without begging the question of Meno’s character, imply that Meno’s own “motives for using the argument are bad” ibid.
Although Scott regards the drama in a Platonic dialogue as more than mere window-dressing, he nevertheless makes it quite clear that what is “philosophical” in it are its doctrines and the arguments that support them.