Group Work for Plato's Meno

Break up into small groups. Then discuss the following. Delegate one or more members of your group to prepare an oral or written summary of your group's discussion. If you were not present in class for this exercise, you may complete it (in less than 1 page) as a typed assignment.

1.      Meno asks some questions at the beginning of the dialogue.  List one or two answers to those that members of your group have encountered outside the dialogue.

2.      Name 3 excellent people.  (Your group does not have to be in unanimous agreement.)

3.      What is it that makes them excellent?

4.      Can excellence such as theirs be taught?  If not, why not?  If so, how so, and who are the teachers?





M. Kagan, Le Moyne College
Last revised February, 2016; minor edits September, 2018