Virtue, Practice, and Perplexity in Plato's Meno

Plato Journal (Plato 12 (2012)) (2013)

William Wians
University of Notre Dame (PhD)
Plato's Meno presents a deceptively simple surface. Plato begins by having his character Meno ask Socrates how virtue is acquired. Instead of having Socrates respond directly, Plato has him divert the conversation to the question of what virtue is. But Plato's Meno isn't accustomed to the rigors of Socratic inquiry, and so Plato allows him to force the discussion back toward a version of his original question. After a series of false starts and frustrations, Plato ends his dialogue with (…) - 12. Plato 12 (2012)
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