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(N2) Plato-Meno

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1090
Professor
Sarah Byers
Semester
Fall

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Plato: Meno 1) What is human intelligence (Epistemology)? Human intelligence is the ability to use universal terms (common nouns). 2) What gives us this ability? Innate ideas: universals buried deep in mind. 3) How do the innate ideas get in our mind/soul? Through Metempsychosis: Preexistence of the soul. 4) Can you still have 1) and 2) with a different answer to 3)? Socratic Method: Asking questions rather that teaching. Universal form: formulation of what is shared universally to all members of the set. “one  over many” E.g. Human being =Rational animal (Plato) Distributing What Is Owed  = Justice Just action X Just action Y Punishing bad kid X Punishing bad kid Y            Punishing bad kids Good acts/moral goodness = virtue Facts About Searching for the Definition of Virtue (77b­80d) ­ Know there is such a thing as virtue ­ Recognize what is not ­ We know and don’t know what virtue is and that’s what the search entails. ­ We have to know a little about it to know what to accept from others as an answer  = MENO’S PARADOX ­ Seeking & Se
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