Plato’s “Meno” part 3-4

In the third part of this script, we see Meno and Socrates return to the topic of whether virtue can be taught or not, as well as talking about if virtue is good or evil. They encounter a question that stumps Meno as well as me.

“So since it is not by nature that the good become good, is it by education?” (p.32)

This question interests me as it opens up a large question not for me, but for everyone.

Is goodness and kindness a virtue within a person from birth, or does it need to be taught? The same applies with evil. Is one evil by nature? Or does there need to be some external force influencing one to become evil?


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