Socrates, The, And Socrates

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Nevertheless, Socrates tries continue their discussion with him attempting to direct Meno to the search for what virtue is since neither of them have recollected a definition. Meno, however, wishes for Socrates to return to his initial question of whether or not virtue is teachable. Socrates is reluctant to do this because he does not want to inquire into the qualities of something that he does not have a definition for, but agrees to do it Meno’s way as long as Meno allows him to approach it the way geometers approach their problems, by means of hypothesis. Socrates explains this method by using a geometer who wants to find a solution to a problem where he does not know a particular property that is necessary to know in order to find a solution. Knowing that he is missing an important piece of information, the geometer can hypothesize the answer by assuming the missing property is the same as a different property that he knows. To demonstrate this, he suggests a situation where a geometer is asked if a triangle with a specific area can be inscribed in a particular circle. The geometer does not know the area of either the circle or the triangle, however, he can hypothesize that a triangle can be inscribed in the circle if the area of the triangle is less than the area of the circle. This process allows the geometer to assert the possibility, or impossibility, of a solution to a problem where he does not have all of the information. The geometer was unable to answer the…

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