Reading Meno Three


Earl
Jackson, Jr.


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Histories
of Meaning

Seminar

UCSC

Winter 1999

The
Syllabus


Another Scene

Fantasy
Campus

Meno.


Reading Three – Crosstalk



One of the reasons the search for a definiton seems
so destructive is its negation of presumed knowledge without replacing
it with knowledge equally secure. Related to this is the sense that the
relentless repeated question, „What is arete“ has an aim that is not explicitly
articulated – the question itself and its urgency emerge from and/or addreess
themselves to a conception of „definition“ that is not shared.

As I venture in the
first reading
, I think that this conception of definition is to be
extrapolated from the ways in which Socrates negates Meno’s first attempts
to describe arete and from the definitions of „shape“ and „color“
Socrates gives.

Here I want to supplement my picture of „definition“
in the Meno, by adding to my extrapolation from within the dialogue with
an interpolation from another dialogue, namely, the Cratylus.
I think this dialogue supplies a term that is not yet available in the
Meno, a term that names a necessary component of the ideal definition.

We find it here:

The word in the
Greek
is ousia, „essence“ or „true nature“ of a thing.


 

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Meno Reading
One

Meno Reading Two

Meno Reading Four

Ion Reading One

Why and how to read

The Syllabus

First Resources

Our Task

A Duet for Hermogenes and
Cratylus


 

 




  Earl
Jackson, Jr.


Another Scene

Lets Deviant

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