Re: Richard Hake
I would not have imagined it possible to read Plato’s Meno quite so literally as those inquirers did — but now I do not have to imagine it, and so, in a way, I have learned something.
But taken more liberally than literally, Plato’s dialogue raises important questions about the nature of learning and teaching, of communication and creativity, and ultimately about the nature of inquiry itself.
What does it mean to learn? to teach? What does it mean to gain information? to transfer it from a place where it is to a place where it isn’t? What are the conditions for the possibility of all those things — learning and teaching, acquiring and transferring information?
After all this time, those questions remain open …