Plato’s “Meno”-part five-Isaac Salvador-Brown-October 8 2019

In the conclusion of “Plato’s Meno”, (part five), Socrates and Meno discuss the concept of retaining knowledge and how as one practices a subject or art, the more times it is completed, the more perfected the person gets at doing it and the easier it is for them to do it.

To possess one of his works is let loose does not count for much in value; it will not stay with you any more than a runaway slave: but when fastened up it is worth a great deal, for his productions are very fine things. And to what am I referring in all this? To true opinion. For these, so long as they stay with us, are a fine possession, and effect all that is good; but they do not care to stay long, and run away out of the human soul, and thus are of no great value until one makes them fast with casual reasoning. And this process, friend Meno, is recollection, as in our previous talk we have agreed. But when once they are fastened, in the first place they turn into knowledge, and in the second, are abiding. And this is why knowledge is more prized than right opinion: the one transcend the other by its trammels. [p. 43]

In this quote by Socrates, Socrates states to Meno that as you gain knowledge, you must practice it to fully harness it to your full potential. I find that this “script” fits in well with the concepts of TOK and the concepts of the IB and teachers. It gets you to think about what you say, what you know, and gets you to realize how you should inquire and that you should seek more questions and find the answers yourself from the questions, then having the answer to your questions. It is also like the way a good teacher teaches because it says that the way to get better at something, you must practice and want to get better at it to do so (not just teachers say that but it is just an example).

2 thoughts on “Plato’s “Meno”-part five-Isaac Salvador-Brown-October 8 2019”

  1. hey Isaac,
    I like how you remembered to include quotes that were relevant to what you were writing about. I also like how you reviewed the main themes of part 5, and you broke down the quote and explained what it meant.

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