Critically assess Plato’s theory of recollection as developed in his text the Meno .
Critically assess Plato’s theory of recollection as developed in his text the Meno. Be sure to include relevant discussion of the paradox of inquiry, knowledge, and the role played by virtue as a problem in Socrates’ development of the theory of recollection in this text.
In other words, Outline the premises of the theory of recollection as articulated in the Meno and in the lectures. This will involve some articulation of the Orphic-Pythagorean conception of the soul, and a detailed examination of the support Socrates offers for the legitimacy of the theory of recollection in relation to:
paradox of inquiry- explain the paradox of inquiry in detail, including the four steps or premises that support its conclusions, and how the theory of recollection is believed to resolve the paradox
knowledge-the comparison of knowledge and true opinion, and the role played by recollection in distinguishing between the two, has to be explained in detail
virtue-an extended discussion of the motivations for concluding that there are no teachers of virtue is required to support the conclusion. This discussion should highlight the various conceptions of virtue in the text (as knowledge, as good, etc.). There will therefore be a need to discuss the various conceptions of virtue in detail, and why none of these proves satisfactory for Socrates. Notice that this last section provides a good deal of the critical assessment of the theory. This last section will also require some discussion of the Socratic method, and what Socrates is really looking for when he asks about virtue: namely, the form/universal/essence/idea of virtue; that is, what the various particular instances of virtue have in common, and not a list of those particular instances.