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  • Title: Protagoras/Meno
  • Author: Plato Adam Beresford Lesley Brown
  • ISBN: 9780140449037
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Exploring the question of what exactly makes good people good, Protagoras and Meno are two of the most enjoyable and accessible of all of Plato s dialogues Widely regarded as his finest dramatic work, the Protagoras, set during the golden age of Pericles, pits a youthful Socrates against the revered sophist Protagoras, whose brilliance and humanity make him one the most iExploring the question of what exactly makes good people good, Protagoras and Meno are two of the most enjoyable and accessible of all of Plato s dialogues Widely regarded as his finest dramatic work, the Protagoras, set during the golden age of Pericles, pits a youthful Socrates against the revered sophist Protagoras, whose brilliance and humanity make him one the most interesting and likeable of Socrates philosophical opponents, and turns their encounter into a genuine and lively battle of minds The Meno sees an older but ever ironic Socrates humbling a proud young aristocrat as they search for a clear understanding of what it is to be a good man, and setting out the startling idea that all human learning may be the recovery of knowledge already possessed by our immortal souls.
    Protagoras Meno Exploring the question of what exactly makes good people good Protagoras and Meno are two of the most enjoyable and accessible of all of Plato s dialogues Widely regarded as his finest dramatic work

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    1. Reading Plato s dialogues is like visiting a chiropractor at times uncomfortable, but ultimately beneficial for how it straightens you out If everyone spent some time with Plato s Socrates once or twice a year, people would stop taking cable news seriously, and the U.S government might even become quasi functional again but let s set my childish fantasies aside There s a terrific symmetry between these two dialogues They are concerned with the same fundamental subjects what it means to be good, [...]

    2. Among the works of Plato I ve read so far, Protagoras has so far been my favorite A dialogue between Socrates and Protagoras, the work describes the two philosophers discussing whether or not virtue can be taught The question is explored in many different directions, some of which may confuse the reader at times, but the arguments are compelling and easily understood with some thought The dialogue first establishes the difficulty of defining virtue when one tries to define the word, he or she of [...]

    3. PROTAGORAS and MENO 432 BCE and 402 BCE Plato .If you ve not read any of Plato s dialogues plays before, these two would be a good place to start I say this because they are relatively accessible than most of the others In the PROTAGORAS, Socrates meets up with Hippocrates and begins the dialog in response to Hippocrates desire to hook up with Protagoras At the time, Protagoras was known to be among the leading Sophists of the day Hippocrates wanted to approach him and have him become his teach [...]

    4. I was reading some history book the other day when I realized I d never read Protagoras Well, now I have, and the Meno for good measure As with too many Platonic dialogues, if they weren t by Plato and didn t feature Socrates, nobody would care The Republic this ain t Socrates fundamental question yes, but what is virtue, really is a good one, but the obvious answer you re being fooled by a word into believing that the various human excellences must have some one thing in common is never really [...]

    5. what lies beneath the words are a mirrored reflection of the reader s thought processes Thinking the talking of the soul with itself These intriguing dialogues are packed with thought provoking anecdotes, illuminating examples and hypothesis that keep you guessing and wondering through the book Every page led to questions and, I felt like I was taken on a journey of transcendental discovery every time I turned a new page Complete with mathematics and geometry, Plato s Protagoras and Meno are fa [...]

    6. The Meno and Protagoras are two of Plato s better known works and a standard component of many undergraduate courses which touch on philosophy These are relaxed modern translations they are easy to read and the philosophical concepts are generally easy to identify from them The supporting essay is a bit light, but if you want analysis there are plenty of other versions I did occasionally feel that the translation was a bit too colloquial I m not suggesting Plato can only be approach by formal la [...]

    7. Socrates s approach to Protagoras was much round about than he dealings with Meno I preferred Protagoras, but felt that there was much to get out of both of these dialogs This is a wonderful set of dialogs that explore the essence of virtue They also expose the Sophists of the time to a bit of ridicule and ponderings Having never met or talked to a sophist appears not to be an issue here I liked the topic of conversation but am absolutely not resolved to the conclusions drawn on these topics.

    8. interesting as a cultural insight to ancient greece circa 2500 years ago, which is nothing short of fascinating admittedly the logic and semantic arguments themselves are rather dull to read nowadays but it would be silly to deny and recognise their influence

    9. An excellent introduction for the general reader, but notes so sparse I wonder why they bothered at all The translation of Meno is flowing and readable I can t speak for Protagoras as I recently read someone else s translation The two dialogues are a sensible fit though as they both deal with virtue.

    10. Someone named Chiquito Crasto reads Benjamin Jowett s translation on Librivox, and well, too Jowett s long introduction and essay, On the Ideas of Plato, was particularly pleasing as I biked home through the messy, car strewn avenues and narrow little hutongs of Beijing Jowett is as quotable as any modern MC when he disses the contemporary understanding of Plato as a generator of grand theories when what we actually see is a sputtering, messy development of the theory of ideas as universals in a [...]

    11. Ostensibly, this dialogue between Protagoras and Socrates is a discussion about the essential nature of virtue and whether virtue can be taught Socrates gets invited to meet the famous Sophist Protagoras Socrates engages Protagoras in a series of questions that are difficult to follow and seem designed to put Protagoras into his place When Protagoras pushes back, Socrates claims his innocence and says that Protagoras questions are too long for him to follow This dialogue is disappointing The que [...]

    12. The penguin edition was the first edition of Meno I ve read, the other is the Hackett edition Between the two the Penguin does seem easier to understand and has better sentence structure, but I don t know which is accurate One of the big differences between the two is the Penguine edition uses Good where as the Hackett uses Virtue This edition also contains way better footnotes.Protagoras was my first introduction to Plato, but sadly I read it a while ago and I don t really remember much The im [...]

    13. Plato is both an extremely daunting figure in philosophy and a surprisingly accessible at least, in a good translation such as mine In fact, I would venture to suggest that in no other Western thinker is the discrepancy greater though I d love to hear counter examples.Protagoras is a notable dialogue primarily in that it is one of Plato s only dialogues in which Socrates does not simply walk all over his interlocutors Plato s Socrates is well known for his dislike of the sophists of whom Protago [...]

    14. A couple of the enjoyable dialogues because they are much accessible and they concern a practical topic virtue That said, I find it hard to rate it high when I disagree with a large part of Socrates argumentation and conclusions I have no certainty that virtue is the same as knowledge, as he states in both of them, and then dismisses later in the Meno I do think it s possible to have knowledge and still act unvirtuously, unlike Socrates And I do think that sometimes emotions, passions, or oth [...]

    15. I like all of Plato s works, and this was no exception This time around, he has Socrates questioning if Virtue is teachable He equates virtue w knowledge and continues to insist that knowledge is always, ultimately, the right way to live, with virtue This is a quick summary, obviously I like reading Plato because its not just a point by point philosophical treatise, but rather a dramatic telling of conversations that seem to naturally bring the reader s mind to conceptualize different ideas The [...]

    16. This review is for the Cornell edition Five stars for the Protagoras translation alone I haven t read the essays or Meno translation yet Bartlett s translation is clear and heavily footnoted, which is nice Cornell s Plato editions are great affordable, accurate translations with useful notes and commentary.More notes on the edition the Meno translation is good as well Great actually I like the Hackett edition of the Meno too, but this translation is better and has helpful footnotes.The essays ar [...]

    17. This book explains Plato s position on the nature of virtue The two books provide an interesting contrast of Plato s evolving theory in this area, the first book perhaps representing truly Socrates theory and character, while Meno shows Plato s later elaboration and sanctification of Socrates.Protagoras is remarkable refreshing and easy to read, it s set up within a very honest and human dynamic, making the philosophy engaging and easy to follow.Short and sweet, nice taster course for Plato.

    18. Just re read Protagoras after a hiatus of 20 years, feeling inspired after having completed the Odyssey I was hoping for a little humor given the opportunity Progagoras as a sophist is paid for imparting knowledge of virtue, and Socrates should have no problem exposing him as a charlatan Unfortunately, Socrates enlists his help in exploring what virtue is While interesting from a philosophical point of view, Socrates was less insulting and sarcastic than in other dialogues.

    19. Protagoras is the father of the postmodernist mantra, Man is the measure of all things The dialogue itself is a rhetorically stunning examination of rhetoric, so, in our relativistic age, it is a key text Meno depicts Socrates drawing geometric lines in the sand to a slave in order to prove that there are innate ideas The theory is bunk, but the process is pedagogically valid, and it might just get you enthusiastic enough for Euclid.

    20. I skipped a bit Not one of my favourites although very interesting I learned how Epimeteus was commanded by the gods to distribute specific qualities to the different species of animals, and how he ran out of qualities once he got to humans beings That s how Prometeus came into play, stealing fire from the gods, so that humans could be similar to them, and share with them the gift of virtue But what is virtue If you want to know, read the Protagoras.

    21. If you want easy access to Philosophy then it s probably good to start with Plato.I find his dialogues the best way to understand and actually absorb the subject at hand This one is on what it means to be good and how it s actually not something that can be taught, very interesting subject The Republic still remains my favourite though.

    22. I was guided through both the Protagoras and the Meno by a list of involved questions If I didn t have that, I would have considered consulting an expert on Plato to get the most out of what these two texts have to offer.

    23. This book was interesting I had to read Protagoras It was very back and forth at times It left me with some questions that weren t addressed at the end Did Hippocrates decide to go to Protagoras who claimed to be one of the wisest people I don t know if I ll ever know.

    24. Probably the first philosophy book that I ever read, given to me by my dad This was the one that started me off.

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