The cause of our actions in the Meno [77a-78] and in Gorgias [466a-481c] of Plato

By Erick Kente

Human action has always a reason, because it is done out of knowledge and free will and this differentiates it from act of man. In our daily normal life we make choices of what to do or what not to do. But in some cases, some of the choices either ours or of other people leave us with many questions as to how or why could one chose such action A, and leave action B? This draws attention to understand why we choose what we choose to do and leave out the other. That same question seemed worthy considering by Socrates and that is why in the Meno and Gorgias responds giving what should be reasons for our actions.

In this work I want to show Socrates’ response to the question, what causes us/ what moves us to act? Let us have it in mind that the two dialogues have Socrates as the main character but the author is Plato. It is Plato’s presentation of Socrates. This work will be divided into three main parts which are the introduction, the body and conclusion. The body is subdivided into five subtitles which are; the choice of actions, Knowledge as an assisting element to our choice of action, Justice as the moderator of our actions, Virtue and human action and Reparation of the evil done.

Origen: The cause of our actions in the Meno [77a-78] and in Gorgias [466a-481c] of Plato – Sociedad, libertad y acción

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I am Professor of "Ethics", "Philosophical Anthropology", and "History of Contemporary Philosophy" at the University of Navarra, researching on practical philosophy.
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