Meno: what is virtue aditya venkataraman id - 9071385075 word count - 14971 ‘can you tell me, socrates, can virtue be taught’, begins meno, a beautiful and wealthy general, accustomed to giving grand answers to every question [76b] yet, within a few exchanges, he is. Plato's meno offers a possible clues as to the animosity between anytus, a politician coming from a family of tanners, and socrates in the meno , plato reports that socrates' argument that the great statesmen of athenian history have nothing to offer in terms of an understanding of virtue enrages anytus. But this is not how it has been used earlier in the dialogue4 in the ﬁrst sentence of the meno, meno asks socrates whether he can tell him whether virtue can be taught (70a.
Characters plato's meno is a socratic dialogue in which the two main speakers, socrates and meno (also transliterated as menon), discuss human virtue: whether or not it can be taught, and what it is additional participants in the dialogue include one of meno's slaves and the athenian politician anytus, a prosecutor of socrates with whom meno is friendly. Although the more elitist socrates begins the dialogue by asserting that virtue cannot be taught, as the dialogue proceeds, he slowly adopts a position concerning the nature of virtue that drives him—almost against his will—toward the necessary conclusion that virtue can be taught. But let's begin rather with the question of whether or not virtue can be taught, ie in our own situation i teach philosophy in a university and sometimes i teach classes in ethics the question often comes up whether we can make our students more virtuous by teaching them ethics. Meno does not ask “how is virtue acquired” but whether socrates is able to tell him how virtue is acquired, whether socrates has a speech or answer in him ready to hand meno’s question is artfully constructed and has a nice ring to it—no doubt the influence of gorgias, the famous rhetorician whom meno greatly admires.
(meno 97 b-d) throughout their argument, socrates and meno discover that knowledge is not something that can be truly taught, it is rather a recollection that brings knowledge provoking an ignorant person with questions will awaken the dormant opnions and raise the consciousness of ones innate knowledge. Two kinds of virtue note that strength and courage are both virtues or goods, but of the two only courage is a moral virtue whereas strength is a natural or non-moral virtuenote that we would not say that strength is knowledge, but that socrates says that courage is knowledge. Socrates says he cannot determine if virtue can be taught since hedoes not know what virtue is virtue and whether or not it could be taught is the central subject of a later dialogue always with the interlocutor's assent. As to whether the virtue protagoras claims to teach can in fact be taught, he gives as reasons what the athenians must believe about virtue’s teachability, which he infers from athenian practices 11 --but the athenians’ beliefs give socrates reason to doubt that virtue.
Apology: an excellent discussion and introduction to the historical background and the life and character of socrates at the classics technology center provided by ablemedia curriculum guides commentary on plato's apology of socratesan exhaustive point-by-point commentary on the apology by kelley l ross with copious explanations of references implicit in the dialogue. For there, although the same question is discussed, ‘whether virtue can be taught,’ and the relation of meno to the sophists is much the same as that of hippocrates, the answer to the question is supplied out of the doctrine of ideas the real socrates is already passing into the platonic one. The further question of the dialogue is whether or not virtue can be taught on the one hand, it seems that virtue must be a kind of wisdom, which we usually assume to be one of the acquirable benefits of education.
In plato's classic dialogue, the meno, socrates and meno discuss the nature of moral virtue (or excellence in moral goodness), whether it can be defined, and whether it can be taught. Plato reveals the views of socrates on the query of whether virtue is knowledge and whether virtue may be taught in a number of dialogues, mainly in meno in the dialogue, socrates creates several differing arguments on virtue, which include the definition of virtue and questions on whether persons can attain it. The ethics of the stoics the stoic logic (including epistemology) and physics are a prelude to their ethical theory there is a close connection between virtue and knowledge, as was taught by socrates the stoics believed that virtue can be taught because people do become more virtuous to be virtuous the inseparability of goodness. Relativism in plato's protagoras there is to those ethical norms, since—reasonably enough— it concentrates on the question posed, whether virtue can be taught and although it offers the athenians a metaethics designed to justify their intuitions about the distribution of virtue, and to explain the phenomena (that the good fathers do. Meno's three attempts to define virtue] justice, he points out, is the same in all cities, namely, the advantage of the established government, and correct reasoning will conclude that the just is the same everywhere, the advantage of the stronger (339a.
As usual, because of his questioner's role, it is difficult to work out socrates' grounds for holding to the unity of virtue and it is difficult to tell whether, and if so how, he allowed that despite this unity there were some real differences between, say, justice and self-control, or courage and piety. We also examine the conversation between socrates, meno, and anytus (one of his later accusers), focused on the questions whether virtue can be taught, and whether any of the political leaders. Plato: the meno study play he indicates that the meaning of virtue must be discovered before we can know whether it can be taught if we find out what it means to be a virtuous person, we can perhaps teach others plato: the meno plato has reservations about whether virtue can be taught meno wrongly believes that one can give a list of.
The discussion is shortly brought back to the original topic, whether virtue can be taught meno wants socrates’ own view of the matter however, socrates replies that he cannot deal directly. In the meno socrates asserts that if virtue is knowledge, it is teachable (89c) 6 but he then presents two reasons for doubting that virtue can be taught. Meno wants to know whether virtue can be taught or whether it is learned by practice or some other way how do you know when you have found the answer to you question two possible ways or theory.
Dbu summer institute dr davey naugle in christian scholarship may 31, 2001 can virtue really be taught, and if so, how by imparting information, but ducere - to lead, draw, or bring, hence to draw out or bring forth nb: this question of the inborn nature of truth will come to the forefront in the works by augustine, the teacher. Finally, in the meno the question how virtue is acquired is raised by meno, a disciple of gorgias, and an ambitious seeker of power, wealth, and fame socrates’ interlocutors are usually at first quite confident about their own competence in the discussion instead, socrates points out the role they play in the maintenance of the social. From the great classical philosophers we can gain a fruitful perspective on many of the questions laid out for this conference concerning the interaction of societal values and military ethics, such as is the military the standard bearer of values moral excellence is concerned with pleasure and pain for that reason, as plato says.