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Introduction

Roslyn Weiss

in Virtue in the Cave

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140767
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833849 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140761.003.0001
 Introduction

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The Meno assesses the worth of moral inquiry and its limits. Moral inquiry, especially in the form of Socratic elenchus, hopes to achieve the truth about moral questions, recognizing that certainty about moral questions is not possible within the “Cave.” “Platonic” themes, such as immortality of the soul and recollection, are advanced in the Meno in order to promote moral inquiry and are not intended as doctrines whose function it is to account for how any and all knowledge is acquired.

Keywords: cave; elenchus; immortality of the soul; knowledge; meno; moral inquiry; recollection; truth

Chapter.  6068 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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