On Thursday and Friday we continued reading Plato’s ‘Meno’. Thursday featured the slave boy’s geometry lesson, the theory of learning as ‘recollection’, the idea that learning is prompted by questioning, and Socrates’s passionate belief that we are better off if we act as if finding answers is possible, rather than believing the opposite and just giving up. On Friday Socrates and Meno explored the question of whether virtue can be taught, and reached a tentative conclusion that Socrates immediately cast doubt upon by questioning the premises of their reasoning. At that point Anytus joined them.
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