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Musings on the Meno

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Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Classical Philosophy Library book series (NCPL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction to the Meno

    1. John E. Thomas
      Pages 1-24
  3. Translation of the Meno

    1. John E. Thomas
      Pages 25-67
  4. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Socrates’ Elenchos at Work (70a1–81a7)

    3. Anamnēsis (81a10–86c6)

    4. The Method of Hypothesis (86c7–100c2)

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-222

About this book


The objectives of this book are to provide a new translation of Plato's M eno together with a series of studies on its philcisophical argument in the light of recent secondary literature. My translation is based mainly on the Oxford Classical Text, 1. Burnet's Platonis Opera (Oxford Clarendon Press 1900) Vol. III. In conjunction with this I have made extensive use of R.S. Bluck's Plato's Meno (Cam­ bridge University Press, 1964). At critical places in the dialogue I have also consulted A. Croiset's Gorgias, Menon (Bude text). My debt ~o two other sources will be clearly in evidence. They are E.S. Thompson's Plato's Meno (London, MacMillan 1901), and St. George Stock's The Meno of Plato (Oxford Clarendon Press, 1894). One of the greatest difficulties facing a translator is to achieve a balance between accuracy and elegance. Literal translations are more likely to be accurate, but, alas, they also tend to be duller. Free translations run into the opposite danger of paying for elegance and liveliness with the coin of inaccuracy. Another hurdle, for a translator of a Platonic dialogue, is posed by the challenge to maintain the conversational pattern and fast­ moving character of the discussion. This is easier where the exchang~s are short, but much more difficult where Socrates gets somewhat long-winded.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Musings on the Meno
  • Authors J.E. Thomas
  • Series Title Martinus Nijhoff Classical Philosophy Library
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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-247-2121-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-8783-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Classical Philosophy
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