By Jacob Klein
The Meno, essentially the most broadly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is noticeable afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners could have wondered and tested their very own considering in line with the presentation, so, Klein indicates, should still glossy readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein bargains a line-by-line remark at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes every one major flip of the argument."A significant addition to the literature at the Meno and valuable analyzing 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) was once a pupil of Martin Heidegger and a educate at St. John's university from 1937 till his dying. His different works comprise Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, additionally released through the college of Chicago Press.
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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).
T h e device—not unusual with Socrates—of condensing an exchange into a series of hypothetical clauses deprives the conversation of its directness and removes it to a "methodical" (or "topical") level, again characteristic of a techne, and does this, it should be noted, independently of the cogency of the argument itself. Bees, the argument runs, may differ from each other in color, size and other respects, but they do not differ in their being bees (toi melittas einai). What, then, is that in virtue of which they are all the same (hoi .
Xenophon, Anabasis II, 6, 29, reports this only from hearsay. ingful in the context of the dialogue. B u t the core of that jingle seems to be the combination of the letters m and n, the Indo-European stem of so many words related to our power of remembering and recollecting as in the words: memini, mens, mind. 3 2 W e note that in the " M e n o " the sequence of those two letters is somewhat 45 As to the content and syntax of the second sentence, 33 what seems to be common to the two subjects, " h e " and "you," is not common to both, and it is the particle te which carries this ambiguity: Gorgias might well know what arete is, while Meno might merely know what Gorgias said it is.