Plato’s Meno Part 2

In the second part of Plato’s “Meno”, Meno is confused on how one can learn something if they dont already know about it.

Socrates explains that we don’t learn, instead we simply recollect and are reminded of things learnt in a past life, “when I say there is no teaching but only recollection” (page 17)

This opens up a lot about belief, as Socrates clearly has a biased opinion on the topic since he is religious and believes in the afterlife. Even if his point does make sense in some aspects, it clearly has some altered belief due to religion.

We also see Socrates questions a boy on dimensions of a square, and as Meno observed, he saw that as Socrates asked more and more questions, the boy would get lost and not know the answer, but once more questions were asked, the boy began to understand and piece 2 and 2 together and got the correct answer.

This shows us we can piece together and formulate answers not by being taught something, but by simply piecing broken fragments together from questions to gain more understanding and obtain a solution.

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