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In Platos Dialogue Meno Meno comes to Socrates with the question Can virtue be taught A timeless question that addresses which virtues are innate and which can be learned Through Platos question asking the two come to the conclusion that virtue cannot be taught nor is it innate One critical passage to this argument is 86c - 96d In this passage an attempt to define virtue is made along with what encompasses virtue and what it is encompassed by After establishing this Socrates attempts to identify teachers of virtue in society It is at the conclusion of this specific argument that the idea of virtue being something that can be taught is discredited Socrates persuades Meno to investigate the definition of virtue by making an analogy to geometry a subject that was used earlier in the passage to prove being able to learn something without having any prior knowledge of it In continuing with his argument he attempts to prove virtue is a kind of knowledge as if it is knowledge it can be taught Socrates states that virtue is good and everything that is good must be beneficial The qualities of the soul are introduced and it is agreed that they can both benefit or harm Beneficial soul qualities are a result of wisdom So if virtue is assumed to be in the soul and beneficial then it must be some kind of wisdom and knowledge The idea of human actions being a reflection of the soul is introduced and the two agree that the soul depends on wisdom to be good and beneficial From this beneficial must be wisdom and the idea of virtue being beneficial has already been established The definition ends in virtue having to be wisdom so it cant be something born into people Socrates supports this with the concept that if virtue were born into people then there would be people to identify those born good Virtue cannot
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