TOK Plato’s ‘Meno’ Part 3 and 4 – Anh Tai Trang

In part 3 of Plato’s ‘Meno’, Socrates considered whether virtue can be taught or not. The conflict began when Meno said that how can things be taught when you do not know what it is.

” Then if virtue is a kind of knowledge, clearly it must be taught? ” [page 29].

Socrates explains that if virtue is a kind of knowledge, but can it be taught? Meno then agrees that knowledge can be taught. Later, Socrates keeps asking questions and slowly explains what virtue actually is and if it can be taught.

 

In part 4 of Plato’s ‘Meno’, a new character named ” Anytus ” is added to the story. Socrates is trying to find someone who he believes can teach virtue and that is Anytus. Socrates then found out that Anytus hates the sophists although he has no experience to know these people.

Socrates

Tell me, Anytus, has any of the sophists wronged you? What makes you so hard on them?

Anytus

No, heaven know I have never in my life had dealings with any of them, nor would I let any of my people have to do with them either.

Socrates

Then you have absolutely no experience of those persons?

Anytus

And trust I never may

Socrates

How then, my good sir, can you tell whether a thing has any good or evil in it, if you are quite without experience of it?

Anytus

Easily: the fact is, I know what these people are, whether I have experience of them or not.

[page 35, 36].

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