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Scott’s refusal to acknowledge any irony in the Meno is responsible, too, sfott his interpretation of the dialogue’s end. But here we are on tricky ground. What Socrates does in that passage quoted by Scott on p. Dominiic – – The Classical Review 13 Even with the second feature we have rather a mixed bag.

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.

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They are not, however, instrumental. These remarks have been mostly critical.

To this extent I am unable to share his view that the Meno is designed to operate at menoo levels, if this is read, as seems intended, as requiring us to posit a Meno of low motives and brainpower in contrast with an eager, intelligent readership. But even if Meno’s moral character remains unchanged, has he not perhaps become a better dominc It is only when Meno is made to venture an answer which is then subjected to intense scrutiny–that is, when he is made to look like a fool–that he becomes belligerent and offensive.


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Cambridge University Press Amazon. Plto assessment of the Meno as a philosophical “gem. That being so, can we be certain that Socrates’ criticism of Meno is straightforwardly endorsed by Plato?

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” On several issues, he strikes out boldly on his own. Almost exclusively, it turns out, that they are positions that the character Socrates espouses in certain of Plato’s dialogues, namely those that are often treated as “early” and as representing the spirit of the historical figure.

Recollection and the Mathematician’s Method in Plato’s Meno.

The charge seems particularly harsh dominix that elsewhere Scott condemns Meno for being “peremptory” First, according to Aristotle, as well as to a widespread and fairly standard reading of Plato’s Theory of Forms, Plato himself subscribes to this principle.

Rather, as we saw above and as Scott is keen enough to emphasizeMeno expresses hesitancy about endorsing its application to virtue. Scott indeed acknowledges that there can be no teaching, not even of the “maieutic” kind, scptt the teacher has knowledge [].

But, indeed, this is something we should expect since Socrates says at 98a5: That for us philosophy has ceased to be a way of life or a practice, and has come to be instead a series of answers, menl is, of doctrines and dogmas, has inevitably colored–and skewed–what we regard as properly philosophical.

Cambridge University Press, I wonder, though, whether Meno’s responses are really poor enough to motivate this contrast of levels.

He contrasts Meno meo “a more sophisticated audience” 30 and “Plato’s most sophisticated readers”so we should perhaps take it that the higher level of communication is aimed at an intellectual elite, and that Plato was optimistic enough to believe at the time of writing that he had, or would have, readers who fitted the bill.


Robin Waterfield – – Heythrop Journal 48 4: Dancy – – Philosophy in Review 27 4: In a new departure, this book’s exploration focuses primarily on the content and coherence of the dialogue in its own right and not merely in the context of other dialogues, making it required reading for all students of Plato, be they from the world of classics or philosophy.

What evidence does Scott provide to support his contention that the historical Socrates espoused such positions?

He then places himself and Meno firmly in the latter category, and goes on to do exactly what he says he would in cases of that sort. Bluck – – Journal of Hellenic Studies Does not Meno declare that mrno virtue is “easy,” thus making his definitions of it fair game for Socrates? For the most part, therefore, Scott tacitly relies on the assumption that if the character Socrates expresses a view in certain favored Platonic dialogues, that is sufficient evidence for attributing said view to the historical figure.

He has thereby given us a fine example of what writing about the Meno should look like, one that will have appeal to a wide readership, sophisticated and otherwise.