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Socrates – the ironic bantered


Socrates – the ironic bantered

Plato is vehemently in Meno when he confronts Socrates with the situation to “prove” (to experience) anamnesis by means of an illiterate slave. The problem regards the irrationality of numbers (and Plato himself will come back to it in Theaetetus, and not on the problem of geometry from Meno, but on irrational numbers), i.e. exactly what speeds the fall of Pythagoreanism. According to Popper, Plato uses this example and assigns it to Socrates precisely because he knew that Socrates was not familiar with the “latest” mathematical discoveries. Here is a perfect occasion to ridicule Socrates, and Plato does not hesitate to use it (more over, it can be seen, he creates it!). That is why, Theaetetus shows us how much math Plato knew, not Socrates.

Keywords: Socrates, Plato, philosophy, irony, secret


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