phil paper #1- Protagorean Moral Eduation

Truly leads to habit instead of actual moral

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truly leads to habit instead of actual moral knowledge. It starts with teachers conditioning students to learn the works of great poets in order to write like them, or imitate them. But thats just it, imita- tion. If we are constantly repeating the ones before us we fall into a society wide pattern but by no means have we become more “just.” On another hand, just because something is approved of by an entire society does not mean it is “good.” The best example I can give is one in regards to slavery. Just because the majority of the population wanted slavery did not make it morally “just” in any way. Protagoras follows the belief that the majorities ideas are the right ideas,
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when really the few that saw the horror in slavery were the ones who got it right. Gener- ally speaking, humans tend to agree on terms of morality. However, if the teaching of virtues is introduced through repetition as Protagoras seems to claim, then we only truly teach society-wide habits. This belief system also makes it impossible for one to argue with someone a part of a different society. If “moral talk” is actually “socially accepted talk,” then different so- cieties hold different standards for what is “good,” or “socially accepted.” Any given indi-
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