Then the result of our reasoning, Meno, is found to be that virtue comes to us by a divine dispensation, when it does come. But the certainty of this we shall only know when, before asking in what way virtue comes to mankind, we set about inquiring what virtue is, in and
by itself. It is time now for me to go my way, but do you persuade our friend Anytus of that whereof you are now yourself persuaded, so as to put him in a gentler mood; for if you can persuade him, you will do a good turn to the people of Athens also.
In the part 5 of Plato’s Meno, Socrates and Meno concluded the discussion of the virtues and got the answer, the virtual comes to us by a divine dispensation, when it does come. I think this answer is Socrates in the perfunctory Meno, because it has been discussed for a long time whether the virtues have been taught by the teacher. Suddenly, it is directly determined that virtue is a talent.
3 thoughts on “Plato’s Meno part 5”
I think virtue is a teachable thing for those people
How can you know if virtue has come to you if you don’t even know what virtue is?
I don’t agree with you. First of all, your quotation does not directly explain what is a virtue. Secondly, I think your expression is not very clear.