The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues

2015.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vasilis Politis, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 255pp., $99.99 (hbk),
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2015.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vasilis Politis, The Structure of Enquiry in Plato's Early Dialogues, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 255pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107068117. Reviewed by Alex Long, University of St Andrews At the start of Plato's Meno Socrates is challenged to say whether or not virtue can be taught. He says in reply that he does not even know what virtue is. He then issues a challenge of his own: can Meno, his self-confident interlocutor, tell him what virtue is? The following section of the dialogue is then taken up with an enquiry into this second question: what is virtue? But the original question -- whether or not virtue can be taught -- is not forgotten, and later in the conversation Meno draws Socrates back to it even though they have not found out what virtue is. Vasilis Politis focuses on the relationship between these two kinds of question: 'whether or not' questions and 'what is'... Read More

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