Socrates 's Influence On The Youth

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Socrates’ claims that he could not have harmed the youth of Athens willingly, and his claim that all desire is for the good, are interconnected with each other. For Socrates claim about his influence on the youth to be true, the claim that everyone desires for virtuous things and not wicked, must also be true. The Meno states that: It is clear then that those who do not know things to be bad do not desire what is bad, but they desire those things that they believe to be good but that are in fact bad. It follows that those who have knowledge of these things and believe them to be good clearly desire good things (Meno 77e). The key point in the above statement is that sometimes someone does something morally wrong with the belief that their action are upstanding. They may justify their action by their feelings that they feel at the moment when otherwise they would know that that action is bad. This is an acceptable point of view because Socrates never said that it has to be a true belief. As long as one has it in their mind at the moment that the action is a justified one then they follow Socrates example. The above quote leave the question then what happens to those that acknowledge the things that they do are immoral? The answer there are no such people. Comparable to the eastern philosophy of karma, Socrates proclaims that those who do bad believe that detrimental things will come back to harm them too. That being harmed leads a person to be miserable and unhappy, and no

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