Scott's book is a welcome addition to the series, Cambridge Studies in the Dialogues of Plato. It deserves to be read by scholars and would serve well in a course on the Meno. Scott translates a good deal of the dialogue, and provides a continuous commentary on its philosophical aspects that is consistently illuminating. His commentary will, of course, be controversial. Here are some examples.

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Sort order. Start your review of Plato's Meno. Nov 20, Brett rated it it was amazing. An excellent deconstruction of the concept of truth the Thessalians established and were spreading. The universal element is how we take a series of assumptions and run with them without having properly grounded them and therefore our weak foundation can only ever generate weak constructions of our arguments, in this case of Truth itself.

There are some fun moments when Meno shows his hand about embarrassing Socrates. Showing that Meno and by extension the culture he's from is more interested in An excellent deconstruction of the concept of truth the Thessalians established and were spreading. Showing that Meno and by extension the culture he's from is more interested in the appearance of being intelligent rather than obtaining "true knowledge.

Socrates lays out the trouble of defining concepts and shows how they seem to necessitate a kind of simple-sounding but nonetheless cryptic definition for a simple concept: Shape. Socrates here shows how we need to have something more complete than a bunch of examples of something such as "goodness" and says when we do that we have a whole, broken into a multitude of pieces and suggests it should be whole, solid.

I found this interesting when we consider Derrida's contributions. Is this related? I'm uncertain but inspired. Dec 31, Natsoc Man rated it it was amazing. Scott goes in to heavy detail in this short and relatively unread work of Plato. It is also a very good resource to first understanding Plato's style of argumentation through Socrates in his dialogues using the elenchus, the concept of recollection, what is knowledge compared to true belief etc.

Feb 13, Diane Malikah Moomin Pinkston rated it it was amazing. The question in arguments and or debates are fantastically, extraordinarily beautiful. I can't wait to give an extensive commentary on the conversations. A nice unified analysis of the dialogue on it's own terms. A great source for all the non-Straussian scholarship of the last century. At times Scott delves into more literary topics than philosophical; what's missing is a clear sense of the connection between the two topics.

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His book begins with an Introduction in which he offers a concise and accurate synopsis of the dialogue, followed by a defense of J. The Introduction is followed by fourteen rather short chapters that track the course of the dialogue sequentially. The final three chapters—15, 16, and the Conclusion—raise and address critical interpretive issues: whether there is irony in the Meno ; whether Meno progresses morally and intellectually; how the two unifying themes of the dialogue are themselves unified; what the function of the dialogue form is; and why the dialogue ends with the injunction to Meno to persuade Anytus of the things of which Meno himself has been persuaded. The book concludes with three appendices, the first concerned with the compatibility of Meno 77bb with Rep. On several issues, he strikes out boldly on his own.



Dominic Scott has produced a monograph on the Meno that in its fluency and succinctness does justice to its subject and, like its subject, makes for a reading experience that is both pleasurable and challenging. The work is part of the series Cambridge Studies in the Dialogues of Plato , which places special emphasis on reading individual Platonic dialogues as integrated wholes. Scott has written very much in this spirit, and I would like to focus here on two related aspects of the way he sees continuity within the dialogue. First, there is the character of Meno; and second, what Scott labels as "Socrates on trial" -- the claim that in a number of important instances Socratic positions are subject to challenge by Meno, such that Socrates is thereby compelled to offer an explicit philosophical defense for theses that may previously have had the status of undefended assumptions. Scott takes a somewhat downbeat view of Meno's character, though he also suggests that Socrates manages to initiate some limited improvement by the dialogue's end. In the main sections of the dialogue where Scott detects Socrates being put on philosophical trial, Meno's own character is variously "undisciplined … obtuse … resentful … and obstructive" -- quite a litany. This glum assessment feeds into the notion that the challenges issued by Meno to various Socratic assumptions are made "in spite of himself" , ,


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