Item description for Plato : Meno (Focus Philosophical Library) by Plato, George Anastaplo & Larence Berns...
This is an English translation of Plato's Socratic dialogue attempting to achieve a definition of virtue that applies equally to all particular virtues and serves as a great introduction to Socratic dialogues. It contains a short introduction, notes, standard Stephanus numbers, speech numbers, and an appendix containing a unique gallery of step-by-step geometrical diagrams. It also includes illustrations, a bibliography, and a glossary.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Plato's immediate audience.
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Studio: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1998
Publisher Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
Series Focus Philosophical Library
ISBN 0941051714 ISBN13 9780941051712
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More About Plato, George Anastaplo & Larence Berns
Plato, the greatest philosopher of ancient Greece, was born in Athens in 428 or 427 B.C.E. to an aristocratic family. He studied under Socrates, who appears as a character in many of his dialogues. He attended Socrates' trial and that traumatic experience may have led to his attempt to design an ideal society. Following the death of Socrates he travelled widely in search of learning. After twelve years he returned to Athens and founded his Academy, one of the earliest organized schools in western civilization. Among Plato's pupils was Aristotle. Some of Plato's other influences were Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, and Parmenides.
Plato wrote extensively and most of his writings survived. His works are in the form of dialogues, where several characters argue a topic by asking questions of each other. This form allows Plato to raise various points of view and let the reader decide which is valid. Plato expounded a form of dualism, where there is a world of ideal forms separate from the world of perception. The most famous exposition of this is his metaphor of the Cave, where people living in a cave are only able to see flickering shadows projected on the wall of the external reality. This influenced many later thinkers, particularly the Neoplatonists and the Gnostics, and is similar to views held by some schools of Hindu dualistic metaphysics.
Plato died in 347 B.C.E. In the middle ages he was eclipsed by Aristotle. His works were saved for posterity by Islamic scholars and reintroduced into the west in the Renaissance. Since then he has been a strong influence on philosophy, as well as natural and social science.
Plato lived in Athens. Plato was born in 428 and died in 347.
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geometry in the sand... plato's meno Mar 18, 2007
If you have not yet studied Plato, Meno is a good, rather, excellent, place to start. It is a simple Platonic dialogue of Plato explaining geometry and ethical issues to Meno, while he draws them out with a stick in the sand to illustrate his point.
There isn't much to say about this book, except buy it if you are at all interested in philosophy and if you are not, then this is a good place to start because without philosophy, how do you think? At least, that's what Plato might say, certainly Aristotle might argue this... Seneca would... others certainly and i can only imagine Marcus Aurelius, the great Stoic philosopher.