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Platonic Paradox To research Platos paradox in the Meno we can first consult the definition of what platonism is Websters defines platonism as actual things are copies of transcendent ideas and that these ideas are the objects of true knowledge apprehended by reminiscence For this essay we will assume that trancendency is- that which is beyond comprehension and reminiscence as past experience The Meno is a dialogue between Socrates a scholar and Meno who eventually became an explorer For this essay however we will assume that Meno is at the time of the dialogue an upper-class citizen of average to better than average intelligence and superior stubbornness The piece according to the translation by GMA Grube is thought to have taken place in approximately 402 BC in Athens Greece Late in the text a third character Anytus a politician who would eventually be an accuser of Socrates joins in the dialogue In the text Meno in trying to define virtue accidentally slips in to a paradox or contradictory statement which Socrates immediately refutes It is the purpose of this paper to recognize the paradox examine how Socrates disproves the paradox through argument and evidence Socrates also brings up a key distinction between true opinion and knowledge relating to the paradox which will too be examined Socrates then gives basis for more argument regarding the paradox and why he does this will also be examined The initial argument takes place when Socrates challenges Meno to define virtue Meno does not realize here what he has started Meno has before inquired whether virtue is a quality that can be taught or if it is a natural trait that men are born with Socrates in method true to form twists the question and re-poses it to Meno to see if Meno can answer it all on his own Meno lists what he thinks are virtuous qualities and is content at that simple definition Socrates then says
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