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In the story Meno Plato uses a dialog between Meno and the wiser Socrates to question the ability to teach virtue Socrates points out many problems with Menos simple inquiry he says that they must first discuss the fundamentals before they can decide if virtue can be taught One of the major problems they run into is the difference between knowledge and opinion is virtue knowledge or opinion and can either be taught First it is important to understand epistemology Epistemology is a study of the nature and validity of knowledge of knowing or not knowing It focuses on a persons claim of knowing something can a person actually know anything with certainty or is it all a matter of opinions We must keep in mind that epistemology expects us to have a fundamental understanding of logic and contradiction If we cannot make judgments for ourselves it is impossible to have any sort of educated discussion Accordingly this essay will be discussing the difference between knowledge and opinion through the ideas of epistemology with an understanding of logic Socrates discusses the idea of knowledge he believes that knowledge is not taught rather it is recollected He says As the soul is immortal has been born often and has seen all things here and in the underworld there is nothing which it has not learned 81c He continues by telling Meno that learning is actually recalling previously stored information then he proves this to Meno with his infamous geometry problem He has a slave come look at square of four feet he has drawn in the dirt and asks him how he would construct a square twice as big The slave states that he is unsure but through prompting him the slave is able to work the problem Socrates draws a new square twice as big and draws a cross through it to create four squares the size of the original square he ask the
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