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Virtue in the Cave: Moral Inquiry in Plato's Meno

Roslyn Weiss

Abstract

Offers an interpretation of Plato's Meno that seeks to illuminate the particularly “therapeutic” philosophy that Socrates practices. It argues that the Meno, rather than constituting a bridge between “Socratic” and “Platonic” dialogues by way of the introduction of distinctively “Platonic” doctrines such as metempsychosis and learning as recollection, the dialogue employs these ideas to urge Meno to take up the life of moral inquiry. Confronting a young man eager for virtue (success), Socrates attempts to focus Meno's attention on the importance of inquiring into the nature of virtue, the natu ... More

Keywords: ancient philosophy, elenchus, Meno, philosophy, Plato, Plato's cave, power, recollection, Roslyn Weiss, slave‐boy demonstration, Socratic method, true opinion, virtue, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140767
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195140761.001.0001

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Roslyn Weiss, author
Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
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