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By Jacob Klein

The Meno, the most largely learn of the Platonic dialogues, is obvious 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 sleek 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 thoroughly probes every one major flip of the argument.

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Ingful in the context of the dialogue. i, memini, mens, mind. 3 2 W e note that in the n a m e " M e n o " the sequence of those two letters is somewhat deranged. As to the content and syntax of the second sentence, 33 w h a t seems to be common to the two subjects, " h e " and "you," is not c o m m o n to both, a n d it is the particle te which carries this ambiguity: Gorgias might well know what arete is, while M e n o m i g h t merely know what Gorgias said it is. T h e difference seems crucial.

Cf. Wilamowitz, Plalo I I , p. 144). 16. Cf. E. S. Thompson, The Meno of Plato, 1901, pp. X I X L; Friedlander, Platon II, 1957 (German edition), p. 255. dialogue. 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?

Even if there are many different aretai, says Socrates, they all have a certain aspect, one a n d the same, m i n d you, in virtue of which they are w h a t they are, namely aretai (hen ge ti eidos taiiton hapasai echousi, di' ho eisin aretai) . " a n d to make manifest what it is, one should, I suppose, says Socrates, keep one's eye on what looks like that "one a n d the same" in all the variety. " T h i s word eidos reminds us, n o less t h a n it may have r e m i n d e d Plato's contemporaries, of that "much babbleda b o u t " 4 1 doctrine, the "doctrine of ideas," linked with Socrates' and Plato's names.

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