Why meno's paradox is more stubborn than Aristotle's solution suggests?

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In the present paper, we analyze Aristotle's solution of Meno's Paradox in his An. Post. I, 1.71a17-71b8, where he seeks to demonstrate that Plato's assertion that it is impossible to search for an unknown object is false. We show that such an interpretation of Aristotle's solution is very generous on his part. We demonstrate that the search in Aristotle's solution is quite naturally treated as a search for an object that satisfies the search conditions and that this treating of the search in question allows to write down a formally correct notation with the epistemic operators. Nevertheless, this interpretation of Meno's Paradox solution, despite all its merits, turns out to be defenseless against an alternative that is similar to the original paradox, to wit: if the object to be searched for is fixed, then it is meaningless to search for it; if it is not fixed, then even the realized desire to find such an object will never fix the object that satisfies the search conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-514
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Attitude ascription
  • De dicto
  • De re
  • Meno's Paradox
  • Possibility of inquiry
  • Posterior Analytics
  • Search for knowledge




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