Virtue in the Cave

Virtue in the Cave : Moral Inquiry in Plato's Meno

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739132180
  • 9780739132180
  • 2,167,446

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Virtue in the Cave advances a distinctive, original, and provocative account of Plato's Meno. -- J. Dybikowski, University of British Columbia Virtue in the Cave is a groundbreaking book that deserves careful reading and reflection, and will stimulate much fruitful discussion. -- Mary Louise Gill, Brown University Like Weiss's earlier Socrates Dissatisfied (1998), this volume challenges some of the orthodoxies of Anglo-American Plato scholarship. It is holistic, clear, and coherent. Unlike many other practitioners of the Socratic philosophy approach to Plato's dialogues, Weiss is also sensitive to literary and dramatic nuance. -- Gerald A. Press, Hunter College; CUNY Graduate Center Weiss persuades me that the slave boy story is designed to be attractive to Meno, who wants virtue to be teachable. -- Kenneth C. Blanchard, Jr., 2010 The Journal Of The Review Of Politics This is an excellent book which must be read by everyone with a serious interest in Plato. Bryn Mawr Classical Reviewshow more

About Roslyn Weiss

Roslyn Weiss is Clara H. Stewardson Professor and Chair at Lehigh more

Table of contents

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 Republicshow more

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