Explication of a Passage in Plato’s “Meno”


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Explication of a Passage in Plato’s "Meno"
The following passage is explicated:
SOCRATES: Since, therefore, virtue is the same for them all, try to say and to recollect what that very thing is which Gorgias, and you with him, affirm it to be.”
MENO: “What else than to be able to rule over human beings — if indeed you are seeking some one thing concerning all of them?” (Meno, 73c).
Virtue is the major concept which is discussed in Plato’s Meno. Socrates and Meno are at the height of their dialogue regarding the discussion of virtue in the aforementioned passage. One aspect that Socrates is trying to put forth is that “virtue is the same for them all.” In essence, Socrates was making the case that virtue was a quality of human behavior or...
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.....calling upon credible associates to accord veracity is a predictable technique. However, perhaps Socrates was actually detracting from the strength of his argument with this approach. By contrast, Meno brought up an excellent point about the potential abuse of the concept of virtue by those in positions of power. The will to gain demesne over others can be intense and the tools which may be yielded in this endeavor can be derived from any source. When these tools are that of philosophical concepts, often they can be more powerful than the sword. Virtue is a concept which both Socrates and Meno agree does exist but they differ on its true nature.
Works Cited
Scott, Dominic. Plato’s Meno. New York, NY: Cambridge University
Press, 2009. Print.