Plato's Meno in Focus

Plato's Meno in Focus

Plato's Meno in Focus

Plato's Meno in Focus

Synopsis

In one volume, this book brings together a new English translation of Plato's Meno , a selection of illuminating articles on themes in the dialogue published between 1965 and 1985 and an introduction setting the Meno in its historical context and opening up the key philosophical issues which the various articles discuss.A glossary is provided which briefly introduces some of the key terms and indicates how they are translated. The Meno is an excellent introduction to Plato and philosophy.

Excerpt

The Meno is an excellent choice for one's first reading in Plato, and to many tastes also for one's first reading in philosophy. This volume is designed primarily for such readers, though I hope that others may also find it useful.

The translation is new. It is based on J. Burnet's edition in the Oxford Classical Texts series (Platonis Opera tomus III, 1903, with corrections 1908), with a few divergences noted in footnotes. The marginal numbers and letters are those regularly used by scholars when referring to Plato's works, and derive from H. Stephanus' edition of 1578. In translating, while attempting to capture as much as possible of Plato's lightness of style, I have given the first priority to precision and the second to the maximum possible consistency in translating Greek terms. I have also included a Glossary which briefly introduces some of the key terms and indicates how I have translated them. I particularly hope that my translation may be useful to serious students of philosophy with little or no Greek, for whose needs the existing English translations tend to be rather too free.

I am very pleased with the set of articles that I have been able to include. All of them have proved their worth within my own teaching experience and it adds further to the value of reprinting them here that several of them have not been easily accessible in this country hitherto. In order to maximize the cohesion within the volume, I have given strong preference in selecting articles to those which focus largely or solely on the Meno itself, rather than merely being about themes central to the Meno without necessarily making the Meno central in their treatment. I have also limited the choice to articles as opposed to chapters of books, and to the twenty-year period 1965-85 initiated by Vlastos' influential article 'Anamnesis in the Meno'.

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