Comparison Between Aristotle And Socrates

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Akrasia can be defined as the portrayal of weakness of will through one acting out against their better judgement. Two philosophers, Aristotle and Socrates, both have strong view on akrasia and what it involves. Aristotle believes that the akratic person does wrong even though he/she knows what is right, but that he/she is driven by passions, emotions and motivations. Socrates believes that if a person knows what they are doing is wrong, he/she will not engage in it, as they are aware of the outcome and no one desires negative outcomes. Socrates believes that people 's wrong doings are a result of ignorance and that they lack the knowledge to know right from wrong. I agree with aristotle, in that some people may know what is right, but whether it is internal motivation or outside factors influencing them to act out, they do wrong anyways. The part of Aristotle 's argument that I don 't agree with, however, is that a person committing wrong doings is solely driven by passions and that there is no inductive thought or reasoning that goes on before the act is committed. I believe that people may commit acts of wrong doing, knowing it is wrong, and having thought it through are still driven by passions and emotions. Socrates ' argument explains that in order for some one to do wrong, it means that they do not know the act they are committing is wrong. In his opinion, all acts of wrongdoing are a result of lack of knowledge. He strives for education to achieve a common goal
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