“Mino, the Socratic Dialogue” by Plato


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"Mino, the Socratic Dialogue" by Plato
In Mino, the Socratic Dialogue by Plato, two Greeks discuss the relation between virtue, knowledge and correct opinion. These questions may not seem very difficult or deep, which is why reading this dialogue is like being shown a salmon and then asked what colour it is. At first glance, a salmon looks silvery grey. However, when exposed to different angles in direct sunlight, the salmon scales scintillate in many different colours. The effect is disorienting, and Socrates used similar effects to dazzle his hapless victims in this dialogue.
This disorientation can cause the viewer to feel tricked, which is perhaps what prompted Meno to attack Socrates’ arguments thus, “If I may venture to make a jest...
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.....ound his own revelations amazing is not provable and therefore not a fair statement. That is like saying we can hear God talking directly to us, and only we can hear Him. In that vital moment, Socrates was not winning the argument by rightness but by combative intelligence.
Much to
credit, his asking Socrates about being able to describe something he does not know about, that paradox, was a masterstroke. Again, Socrates evaded the question with fast talk, and it would have been fair for Meno to press his question. However, he did not. In this dialogue, Socrates wins by the power of his arguing skill, slippery like a fish.
Plato. “Meno.” Classics.MIT. (retrieved 28 October 2011). http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.1b.txt.