Plato's Meno

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 16, 2006 - Philosophy
Given its brevity, Plato's Meno covers an astonishingly wide array of topics: politics, education, virtue, definition, philosophical method, mathematics, the nature and acquisition of knowledge and immortality. Its treatment of these, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's many enigmas and attempts to solve them in a way that is both lucid and sympathetic to Plato's philosophy. Reading the dialogue as a whole, it explains how different arguments are related to one another and how the interplay between characters is connected to the philosophical content of the work. In a new departure, this book's exploration focuses primarily on the content and coherence of the dialogue in its own right and not merely in the context of other dialogues, making it required reading for all students of Plato, be they from the world of classics or philosophy.
 

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Contents

part i
6
part ii
61
86b6c2
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86c87c
129
87c89c
145
89e96d
161
96d100b
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the evidence of the Gorgias
194
Menos progress
209
Appendices
219
References
227
General index
235
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Dominic Scott is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare College. His previous publications include Recollection and Experience: Plato Theory of Learning and its Successors (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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