καλοὶ λόγοι in Plato's Meno

16 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018 Last revised: 1 Mar 2019

Date Written: October 1, 2018

Abstract

Socrates' findings at Men. 87b2‒89a6 regarding the parts of ἄρετή in the soul, their relationships inter se, and their several aitia is a καλὸς λόγος‒‒the nominative analogue of ὁ λόγος καλῶς λέγεσθαι. Hearing it arms Meno with the true doxa that φρόνησις should govern his bravery, quick-wittedness and σωφροσύνη, lest those attributes turn to harm. Socrates observes that the φρόνησις-governed ἀρετή of the very small number of the best men is an intentional gift of the gods (θείᾳ μοῖρα). Were Meno to come to possess that ἀρετή, and exercise plenipotentiary rule over other men, he would best consider himself a vehicle of divine intention.

Keywords: Meno, Socrates, Anytus, ἀρετή, Theory of Recollection

Suggested Citation

Eisenstadt, Michael, καλοὶ λόγοι in Plato's Meno (October 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3258673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3258673

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