Thoroughly describe the progress and lack of progress Meno, the slave boy, and Anytus make in the dialog then explain what this illustrates about Socrates view on education and knowledge.
In the passage, Socrates tried to teach Meno about human virtue. He goes into philosophical way to answer the question. Socrates debates whether virtue can be taught, whether it is common by all human creatures, and whether it is one feature or many. (Cahn. “Classic of Western Philosophy” pg 4 ) Socrates tried to show that a person’s wisdom extends only as far as their acceptance of their ignorance. “ If I asked you what color is and you said it is white.” Then I interrupted you and said “is white color or a color?” Then the person would be wrong because there are other colors. (Cahn. “Classic of Western Philosophy” pg 5 )
Meno argues with Socrates about a concept that later became recognized as the sophistic paradox. Meno asked, “How will you look for it Socrates when you do not know what it is.” (Cahn. “Classic of Western Philosophy” pg 9 ) Meno also argued that even if knowledge is revealed, how would someone without knowledge recognize something they did not know it. He believed there was no point in a person seeking knowledge that one did not want to know. Socrates proposed that the soul was immortal and was incarnated over and over again, and that knowledge was in the soul but that knowledge was forgotten at birth. Socrates believed that what a person learned was actually recollected from something that was forgotten. In turn, this can be turned into true belief.
Instead of seeing himself as a teacher, Socrates was like a midwife; he was not teaching but helping the student to remember the knowledge that was already inside of them. Socrates tried to demonstrate this idea when he questioned the slave boy about geometry. Socrates asked the boy about the area of an object. (Cahn. “Classic of Western Philosophy” pg 9 ) The boy gave his answer, and Socrates drew...