Synopses & Reviews
This is an English translation of Plato’s Socratic dialogue attempting to achieve a definition of virtue that applies equally to all particular virtues and serves as a great introduction to Socratic dialogues. It contains a short introduction, notes, standard Stephanus numbers, speech numbers, and an appendix containing a unique gallery of step-by-step geometrical diagrams. It also includes illustrations, a bibliography, and a glossary.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Plato’s immediate audience.
This new translation of the Meno by Anastaplo and Berns has several distinctive features that make it useful for teaching and studying the dialogue. Generally achieving a balance between clarity and faithfulness, it includes valuable annotation, two appendices...and an innovative division of the text through the provision of numbers for each of it's speeches... the overall result is a text that would give a reader unschooled in Greek a fairly reliable sense of the flow of ideas in the original.
-- William A. Welton, Loyola College, Review of Metaphysic, Vol. LVIII, No. 4, June 200
English translation of Platos a Socratic dialogue attempting to achieve a definition of virtue that applies equally to all particular virtues and serves as a great introduction to Socratic dialogues.
English translation of Plato’s Socratic dialogue which attempts to achieve a definition of virtue that applies equally to all particular virtues. Includes an introduction, notes, and geometrical diagrams that follow the process of thought described in the dialogue itself.
About the Author
George Anastaplo is Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago, a lecturer in the liberal arts at the University of Chicago and professor emeritus of political science and of philosophy at Dominican University. He is the author of numerous books, and he has translated Plato's "Meno" for Focus Publishing, as well as edited two volumes of readings on Liberty.
Laurence Berns (1928-2011) earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a Tutor at St John's College, Annapolis for many years where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career.