A Commentary on Plato's Meno by Jacob Klein

By Jacob Klein

The Meno, the most broadly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is visible afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners might have puzzled and tested their very own pondering based on the presentation, so, Klein exhibits, may still sleek readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein deals a line-by-line observation at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes each one major flip of the argument."A significant addition to the literature at the Meno and useful studying for each pupil of the dialogue."—Alexander Seasonske, Philosophical Review"There exists no different remark on Meno that is so thorough, sound, and enlightening."—ChoiceJacob Klein (1899-1978) used to be a pupil of Martin Heidegger and a instruct at St. John's collage from 1937 until eventually his demise. His different works comprise Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, additionally released by means of the collage of Chicago Press.

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Cf. 23 culty in this: he claims that these statements amount to the same thing (170 a 1). And yet how is it possible at all to know what one does not know? " Critias does not believe that Socrates could fail to notice this and accuses Socrates of merely trying to refute him, while neglecting the very thing the argument, the logos, is about. evos ijltj wore Aa0co oiofjievos \xkv ri eidevat, eidcos Si fir} — 166 d 1 - 2 ) . T h i s exchange presents us with an example of the twofold function of the logos, the argumentative one and the mimetic one.

Olfxai bfias ireiaeiv ky* . . ) and refers Socrates back to Theaetetus. ), to come to the latter's defense. And for the third time Theodorus refuses. He rejects Socrates' gibe by pointing out that the guardianship is not his but somebody else's (namely Callias' 7 2 ), for he, Theodorus, had turned rather quickly from "bare words" ( k ruv \pi\S>v to Protagoras' aid. He would be grateful if were to do that. T h e r e also seems to be son Theodorus' part to become the victim of a Socratic which he apparently considers a disgrace (165 b 1).

And Meno does not forget to add that lack of excellence manifests itself in equally diversified ways. He describes excellence more concretely in only two cases, that of the adult man in his activities as a citizen and that of the married woman in her position as head of the household. T h e other cases are apparently obvious enough not to need any further description. T h e descriptions given, however, throw some light on how Meno might understand "lack of excellence" (kakia), the opposite of aretL A man who possesses arete, a "good m a n " or an "excellent man," is a man, says Meno, who is skillful enough (hikanos) to manage public affairs in such a way as to benefit his friends and harm his enemies and to be careful not to suffer harm himself.

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