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

David Ebrey
Humboldt-University, Berlin
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
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0740-2007
DOI 10.5840/ancientphil20133315
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

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.

View all 16 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Meno's Paradox in Context.David Ebrey - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1):4-24.
Socrates on Why We Should Inquire.David Ebrey - 2017 - Ancient Philosophy 37 (1):1-17.
Knowledge is Teachable.Joseph Bjelde - 2021 - Mind 130 (518):475-502.
Plato's Hypothetical Inquiry in the Meno.Naoya Iwata - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2):194-214.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Teiresias in Athens: Socrates as Educator and the Kinship of Physis in Plato’s Meno.Peter Warnek - 2003 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (2):261-289.
Plato's Meno.Dominic Scott - 2006 - Cambridge University Press.
Aristotle on Transparency.Mark Eli Kalderon - forthcoming - In Thomas Crowther & Clare Mac Cumhail (eds.), Perceptual Ephemera.
Recollection and the Mathematician's Method in Plato's Meno.E. Landry - 2012 - Philosophia Mathematica 20 (2):143-169.
Virtue, Practice, and Perplexity in Plato's Meno.William Wians - 2013 - Plato Journal (Plato 12 (2012)).


Added to PP index

Total views
496 ( #18,576 of 2,520,426 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
37 ( #23,479 of 2,520,426 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes