A Commentary on Plato's Meno by Jacob Klein

By Jacob Klein

The Meno, some of the most greatly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is noticeable afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners may have wondered and tested their very own pondering in accordance with the presentation, so, Klein indicates, should still smooth readers get involved within the drama of the discussion. Klein bargains a line-by-line observation at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes each one major flip of the argument."A significant addition to the literature at the Meno and precious interpreting for each pupil of the dialogue."—Alexander Seasonske, Philosophical Review"There exists no different remark on Meno that's so thorough, sound, and enlightening."—ChoiceJacob Klein (1899-1978) used to be a scholar of Martin Heidegger and a show at St. John's university from 1937 until eventually his demise. His different works contain Plato's Trilogy: Theaetetus, the Sophist, and the Statesman, additionally released by way of the collage of Chicago Press.

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Each of these parts puts before us, in a "typically" different way, one of the types of error of which our dianoia is capable, and the first of these is more fundamental than the other two. T h e first is the error of self-contradiction; the second the error of mistaking something for something else; the third is the error of treating one and the same thing as if it were not one and the same. ; 185 e 3 - 5 ) . Indeed, the "Same" and the " O t h e r " are playfully made to face each other, to mirror each other, in the Theaetetus (cf.

1 : 2 , esp. pp. , 157 ff. is in Athenaeus 5 0 4 e - 5 0 5 b (re pp. 2 4 f . ) ; Aulus Gellius X I V , 3 (a j u u , ™ 5 Laertius I I I , 3 4 ; Marcelliniis, Vita Thucyd. 27 ^'t*' ^^^^ 14. Diog. Laert. II, 5 0 . 15. In recent times, E. Bruhn, X Apt r e s St° Y fur Leo, 1911, revived the Thompson, Th^Meno of Plato, 1901, pp. ; Friedlaton I I , 1957 (German edition), p. 255. 37 gQ dialogue. W e should not overlook the "example" which Socrates gives early in the conversation and in a casual manner while bringing up an apparently more important and more comprehensive problem: " .

T h e name " M e n o " — as most names in Platonic dialogues—conveys a more or less vivid image to the mind of the listener or reader before the dialogue begins. Plato's contemporaries, at least those who might have been interested in the Dialogues, knew through gossip, slander, candid reports, reliable information, or even direct contact " a b o u t " most of the dialogues' personages. We, on our part, can reconstruct the images of those personages to some extent from whatever sources are available to us, and it is fair to assume that there is some correlation between the explicitness of the written sources and the vividness of the connotations that certain names had in their own time.

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