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The Meno asks the question what is virtue and can it be taught Menos conversation with Socrates is anattempt to know exactly what virtue means and how it can be defined to come to the decision of whether or not itcan in fact be taught to others But as Meno finds contrary to his original perceptions as an ethical relativist hedoes not know what virtue is and in his new state of ethical absolutism cannot therefore teach Socrates whatvirtue is for how can one teach what one does not know It becomes the conclusion amongst the two that virtue isa divine gift to those who are virtuous and cannot be taught as it is not knowledge and it cannot be said that thereare teachers of it However Socrates through his refutations of Menos questions and arguments does not justifyhis conclusion that it cannot be taughtSeveral logical fallacies are present within the argument put forth by Socrates And as Meno states hehas a numbing effect on those around him such that they might not even notice his failings until a laterAfter exhausting all definitions he has for what virtue is all of them being countered by Socrates anddetermined to be inadequate definitions one of the problems Meno then has with understanding what virtue iscomes from this paradox How can you try to find out something when you have no notion at all about what it is However the problem Meno has here is not clearly stated Does he suggest that you either know what yourelooking for and therefore do not need to inquire into it or you dont know what youre looking for and thereforecannot inquire into it because you dont know it This leads to the question of whether what you know is eitherthe question you want to ask or the answer to that question One obviously cannot both know and not know thesame thing However one can know the question but not the answer
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