Socratic Method: a Superior Approach

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In The Meno, Plato presents a dialogue that aims to figure out what virtue is. Each character contributes to the conversation by presenting their different theories on dealing with ideas like virtue. Even though Socrates and his interlocutors fail to come up with an exact definition concerning virtue, they successfully portray three different points of view on the subject. This enables the reader to become the philosopher and ponder which theory is more effective. After analyzing Meno’s theory of examining virtue by discussing its qualities and Anytus’ refusal to discuss ideas like virtue, it is clear that the most efficient method is Socrates’ theory of recollection. Socrates’ theory of recollection, also known as the Socratic Method,…show more content…
Socrates acknowledges that there are some dangers in discussing abstract ideas but that serves as even more motivation to do so. Using the Socratic Method to ponder the significance of virtue might be riskier than following Anytus’ approach but following Anytus’ approach would just lead to ignorance. Proving once again that the Socratic Method is superior to the other approaches suggested. After being compared to the other methods suggested for figuring out what virtue is, the Socratic Method proved to be the most credible and efficient one. Having such an effective method in their hands one can’t help but wonder: how did they not figure out what virtue is? The answer is quite simple: they didn’t use it. The only moment in The Meno where the Socratic Method was put into action it was on the topic of geometry. Had Socrates and his interlocutors used the Socratic Method regarding the concept of virtue they wouldn’t have ended in the state of aporeia that they did and they would have successfully defined the

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