On Virtue

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On Virtue (Greek: Περὶ Ἀρετῆς; Latin: De Virtute[1]) is a Socratic dialogue attributed to Plato, but which is considered spurious. In the short dialogue, Socrates discusses with a friend questions about whether virtue can be taught.[2] To answer this question, the author of the dialogue does little more than copy out a few passages from the Meno almost word for word.[3]


  1. ^ Henri Estienne (ed.), Platonis opera quae extant omnia, Vol. 3, 1578, p. 368.
  2. ^ John Madison Cooper, D. S. Hutchinson, (1997), Plato, Complete works, page 1694. Hackett Publishing.
  3. ^ W. K. C. Guthrie, (1986), A history of Greek philosophy: The later Plato and the Academy, page 398. Cambridge University Press