PHIL 2115 - Paper 1

PHIL 2115 - Paper 1 - Mitchell Daniels PHIL 2115 3:30PM...

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Mitchell Daniels PHIL 2115 – 3:30PM Does Exposure to the Socratic Philosophizing Corrupt the Youth? An Athenian jury ruled Socrates guilty of corrupting the youth. After he mocked their ruling, they sentenced him to death. Whether or not his conviction or punishment was just, the question of his philosophy’s effects on young people remains viable and relevant. Are his ideas of wisdom and virtue, his methods of dialectic, and his attitudes of critical examination detrimental to young people? While Socrates’ tactics are certainly important and beneficial for mature and experienced citizens, I will show that they are not appropriate for young people and would likely corrupt the youth. The question to be examined in this essay is not historical or legal but rather is an examination of the value of Socrates’ philosophizing to young people across eras and societies. Neither Socrates’ ultimate fate at the hands of the Athenians, nor ancient Greek views toward the question are relevant. Instead, we must assess the implications and likely effects of Socrates’ philosophy on youth without regard to social context. Especially important in answering this question is the clarity of the term “corrupt”. It is necessary to recognize that this word describes the idea of making an individual worse but does not necessarily entail the creation of a socially repugnant delinquent. Rather, the question addressed in this essay merely asks whether exposure to Socrates’ philosophy would make a young person a better or worse social citizen. To best understand the benefits and disadvantages of Socratic philosophizing in relation to youth, it is imperative that we have a solid understanding of the beliefs and attitudes inherent in Socrates’ philosophy. Perhaps the idea most central to his philosophy is the pursuit of the best possible life. Socrates claims that the only way to achieve this ideal existence is via the search for wisdom entailing an understanding and application of virtue. He also suggests that the sole
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PHIL 2115 taught by Professor Mgifford during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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PHIL 2115 - Paper 1 - Mitchell Daniels PHIL 2115 3:30PM...

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