An understanding of the concept of virtue is equally important as the virtuous act itself. One needs to understand the nature of virtue which requires reflection of virtue and this reflection is only possible once you grasp your own ignorance about the nature of virtue... Showed first 250 characters
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This understanding of one's own ignorance is human wisdom. So, since being perfectly happy requires being virtuous and being virtuous requires human wisdom, human wisdom is necessary for perfect happiness.
So as a person begins to acquire human wisdom which is merely an understanding and acknowledgment of one's own ignorance, they are on their road to acquiring perfect happiness... Showed next 250 characters
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The question of “What is virtue and can it be taught?” is what started the discussion of recollection. Meno attempts to define virtue as the following: that virtue is ruling over people justly, or wanting beautiful things and acquiring them...
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It was kind of odd I hadn't been involved in university studies for over 15 years. So it was with much apprehension that I sat down late at night after dinner out with my wife on a Saturday night that I started to read Plato's Meno...
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Socrates views on virtue and happiness
Firstly, Socrates gives his definition of happiness before he discusses virtue and its relation with happiness. He seems to hold a unique definition of happiness states that the usual definition of happiness just makes one think that they are happy; however, the real happiness consists of something much deeper...
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At the beginning of Meno the question of what virtue is and whether
or not it can be taught is brought up. The question of whether knowledge is
virtue or virtue is knowledge is also brought up in the text...
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believe in the doctrine of recollection to explain why we are in possession of knowledge
about things. But Socrates does argue that knowledge and virtue are so closely related
that no human ever knowingly does evil...
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Meno makes an interesting point. How will one know when they find virtue if they do not know virtue? The Socratic paradox is Socrates' visible claim that virtue is a kind of knowledge, and vice a kind of ignorance...
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It is thought by Meno that men cannot be taught anything but knowledge, therefore, virtue must be a kind of knowledge in order to be taught. This corresponds with the hypothesis because the conclusion can be reached that, if virtue is knowledge then it can be taught, but if it is not knowledge then it is impossible to teach...