Ancient Philosophy 33 (1):75-96 (2013)

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David Ebrey
Humboldt-University, Berlin
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I argue that the technique Socrates describes in the Meno at 86e-87c allows him to make progress without definitions, even while accepting that definitions are necessary for knowledge. Some contend that the technique involves provisionally accepting a claim. I argue, instead, that it provides a secure biconditional that one can use to reduce the question one cares care about to a new question that one thinks will be easier to answer.
Keywords Plato  Method of Hypothesis  definition
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ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20133315
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Plato's Meno.Dominic Scott - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
Inquiry in the Meno.Gail Fine - 1992 - In R. Kraut (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Plato. Cambridge University Press.

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Meno's Paradox in Context.David Ebrey - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1):4-24.
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