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For the most part, therefore, Scott tacitly relies on the assumption that if the character Socrates expresses a dominnic in certain favored Platonic dialogues, that is sufficient evidence for attributing said view to the historical figure. Scott also strikes a balance between two other extremes: Rightly or wrongly, Meno just wants to get on with investigating how virtue is acquired.

Here, too, Scott is aware of the problem but simply asserts that we should not expect them to be the same [].


Does the demonstration not in fact suggest that, in the absence of a teacher who knows, recollection is insufficient to yield knowledge, yet that recollection is hardly needed at all if such a teacher is present? Even with the second feature we have rather scoty mixed bag. By “Socratic” here Scott is clear that he means what pertains to that elusive figure, the historical Socrates. Finally, the introductory chapter takes up the question of whether the Meno is “the” transitional dialogue.

So let us look more closely at this aspect of his interpretation. Here, too, Scott adopts a kind of middle ground, recognizing that viewing the Meno in this way can be illuminating but noting that this approach has made it difficult for scholars to appreciate the work’s integrity.

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His assumption may be plausible; but it is startling nonetheless that Scott offers, as far I can see, no grounds for it. Yet Meno is in live dialogue — is it really obtuse of him not to dive in straightaway?

Good things, even final goods, are beneficial and do,inic.

With respect to 1it is unlikely that Plato would criticize Socrates for adopting the unitarian assumption. Irony and Insight in Plato’s Meno. Request removal from index. Sign in to use this feature.


Scott’s clear analysis and considered judgments illuminate previously dark corners of the dialogue. Recollection and the Mathematician’s Method in Plato’s Meno. Perhaps it is only someone with Socrates’ one-track mind who would regard Meno’s desire to continue addressing the practical question as a sign of ill discipline.

It is not as if Socrates is unable to test virtue for teachability without considering first what it is–in the Meno he does so by raising the question of whether there are teachers of it, and it is the answer to this question that finally settles the matter.

Dancy Florida State University. The great value of Scott’s book lies in the stimulating questions it raises and in the often novel and always carefully supported ideas it advances. Its treatment doominic these, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many History of Western Philosophy. Meno’s tentativeness suggests — accurately, I daresay — dokinic the unitarian assumption is no easy thing to evaluate.

It should not be missed by anyone interested in Plato’s Meno. In the main sections of the dialogue where Scott detects Socrates being put on philosophical trial, Meno’s own character is variously “undisciplined … obtuse … resentful … and obstructive” — quite a litany.

Landry – – Philosophia Mathematica 20 2: Are we to domnic that Plato sides with Meno in this instance, believing him to have a legitimate complaint against Socrates? This inclination is attributable to Meno’s “impatience”though fortunately it dovetails with Plato’s own “pressing need to get an answer to a question of practical importance — how virtue is acquired” ibid.

Dominic Scott: Plato’s Meno.

Philosophy in Review There are actually two unwarranted steps here: The second unifying theme that Scott identifies meeno Meno’s moral progress and education. It is evident that he is troubled by young people’s viewing his doninic work as amusement and practicing it as sport. Rather, as we saw above and as Scott is keen enough to emphasizeMeno expresses hesitancy about endorsing its application to virtue.

Grube – – New York: Scott so inflates what is involved in “following a proof” that it becomes comparable for him to how people discover “new geometrical proofs that no one had ever taught them” The Meno then turns out to be yet another instance in which we are shown that Socrates, no matter how hard he tries to improve his interlocutor, fails time and again.


On both the strategic and the more detailed level, Scott presents his readings of the dialogue, and in the main his reasons for adopting them, with a lucidity and focus that makes it easy to raise questions. Plato, on Scott’s reading, sees good reason, from a practical point of view, to make it.

Plati then places himself and Meno firmly in the latter domiic, and goes on to do exactly what he says he would in cases of that sort. Scott refuses to recognize even the slightest irony or hyperbole in Socrates’ response to Meno’s challenges, and rules out in advance the possibility that the dialogue might contain “self-consciously bad argument” 4.

Perhaps the reason he resists this further application is that the only thing he regards as genuine virtue is ruling others and having power ;lato money, and not whatever it is that women, old men, children, and slaves might have that goes by sdott name. They are not, however, instrumental.

Meno in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy. Scott himself takes it be only partially successful, and uses this as another stick with which to beat Meno for not “appreciating its real significance” ibid.

Such an approach requires us to make a rather sharp distinction between Meno’s character and that of at least some of Plato’s readership. Meno in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy categorize this paper.

Labarge – – Dissertation, The University of Arizona. The work is part of the series Cambridge Studies in the Dialogues of Platowhich places special emphasis on reading individual Platonic dialogues as integrated wholes. I close with one final problem that I believe bears mentioning, namely, the assimilation of the beneficial to the instrumental.

I would argue, then, that of the three features that ;lato sets out on pp. There is much richness and insight in Scott’s interpretation of the Meno that I have not commented on. Otherwise, it makes no sense to speak of the dialogue operating at two levels.