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- Full Title: Meno
- When Written: Sometime around 385 BC
- Literary Period: Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Genre: Philosophy, Philosophical Dialogue, Fiction
- Setting: Athens, Greece in roughly 402 BC
- Climax: Having concluded that virtue is neither a form of knowledge nor an “inborn” quality, Socrates suggests that it is a “gift” from the gods that is “not accompanied by understanding.”
- Antagonist: Anytus is the only antagonistic character in Meno, though it can also be argued that the text’s chief antagonistic force is the idea of lazy or complacent thinking.
- Point of View: Dialogue
Extra Credit for Meno
Virtue Ethics. The study of virtue and its relationship to ethics originated with Socrates’s ideas and were later built upon by Plato and Aristotle. Although Meno isn’t necessarily hailed as the first text exploring the nature of virtue, its thematic attention to the matter renders it an important piece of work in the formation of this field of philosophy.