Shankara and the Meno Thesis

“Knowledge although springing up through the mediation of learning and so on, springs up only in so far as learning destroys the obstacles in the way of knowledge.” That could easily be a quotation from Plato’s Meno, where Socrates argues that no one is ever truly taught anything; rather, a teacher prompts the student to locate the knowledge she already implicitly possesses. But fascinatingly, it’s not from Plato at all, but rather from Shankara (his commentary on the Brahma Sutras 3.4.27), a medieval Indian philosopher of the Uttara Mimamsa, or Vedanta school.

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