phil paper #1- Protagorean Moral Eduation

Vidual can only truly talk about their own society so

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vidual can only truly talk about their own society so two people from different societies would have a gap in what they believe to be “morally just”, or rather that particular soci- eties habits. If this type of education were the only one that existed it would mean there are many varieties of moral judgements. It would rule out the idea that humans share a universal concept of what is “good” and “right.” It would vary throughout different societ- ies and cultures independent from a trait shared by our whole species. We would be go- ing in circles getting no where for repetition and imitation would never allow the individu- al to form a true opinion. If a person lived and thrived in many different societies one would learn many different ideas of virtues or perhaps many different habits. What virtue actually is, is never answered in Protagoras’s explanation. As you see, “Protagorean Moral Education” is a system that leads societies in circles and doesn’t leave room for growth. It never explains virtue but rather assumes that people before us got it right. It throws virtue away to be a somewhat imaginative concept humans have manipulated over time. In this way true moral knowledge could never be passed on, for evolution does not stop or go in circles, but rather continuously grabs hold of any life form it can and molds them into the entities it sees fit.
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  • Spring '06
  • yuan
  • Philosophy, Protagorean Moral Education

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