This Dialogue is an attempt to answer the question, Can virtue be taught?
There may be some trace of irony in this curious passage, which forms the concluding portion of the Dialogue.
This Dialogue contains the first intimation of the doctrine of reminiscence and of the immortality of the soul.
Some lesser points of the dialogue may be noted, such as (1) the acute observation that Meno prefers the familiar definition, which is embellished with poetical language, to the better and truer one; or (2) the shrewd reflection, which may admit of an application to modern as well as to ancient teachers, that the Sophists having made large fortunes; this must surely be a criterion of their powers of teaching, for that no man could get a living by shoemaking who was not a good shoemaker; or (3) the remark conveyed, almost in a word, that the verbal sceptic is saved the labour of thought and enquiry (ouden dei to toiouto zeteseos).
Or he may have been regardless of the historical truth of the characters of his dialogue, as in the case of Meno and Critias.
The main character of the Dialogue is Socrates; but to the 'general definitions' of Socrates is added the Platonic doctrine of reminiscence.
To the doctrine that virtue is knowledge, Plato has been constantly tending in the previous Dialogues.
She sat silent, her heart so full of grateful joy that she could hardly remember the words of her dialogue.
Yes," assented Emma Jane, "it is, of course; with your name on the board, and our pointing to your flag, and our elergant dialogue, and all that.
The moral which I gained from the dialogue
was the power of truth over the conscience of even a slaveholder.
Mrs Deborah approved all these sentiments, and the dialogue
concluded with a general and bitter invective against beauty, and with many compassionate considerations for all honest plain girls who are deluded by the wicked arts of deceitful men.
But not so much as her cynicism in the long dialogue
with her lover which followed.
Without appearing to have heard the dialogue
, of which she had not lost a word, she began again, giving to her voice all the charm, all the power, all the seduction the demon had bestowed upon it:
and reported to her mother) a little conjugal dialogue
which touched on the topic of The Haunted Hotel.
For there is no common term we could apply to the mimes of Sophron and Xenarchus and the Socratic dialogues
on the one hand; and, on the other, to poetic imitations in iambic, elegiac, or any similar metre.