One of very few monographs devoted to Plato's Meno, this study emphasizes the interplay between its protagonists, Socrates and Meno. It interprets the Meno as Socrates' attempt to persuade his interlocutor, by every device at his disposal, of the value of moral inquiry-even though it fails to yield full-blown knowledge-and to encourage him to engage in such inquiry, insofar as it alone makes human life worth living.
Roslyn Weiss is Clara H. Stewardson Professor and Chair at Lehigh University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: In the Cave Chapter 2 Chapter One. The Struggle over Definition Chapter 3 Chapter Two. Impasse, Paradox, and the Myth of Learning by Recollection Chapter 4 Chapter Three. The Slave-Boy: Learning by Demonstration Chapter 5 Chapter Four. The Road to Larisa: Knowledge, True Opinion, and Eudoxia Chapter 6 Conclusion: The Examined Life Chapter 7 Appendix I: Recollection in the Phaedo Chapter 8 Appendix II: The Abandonment of Moral Inquiry in the Republic