Describe Protagorean Moral Education. Why Does This Kind of Education Not Yield Moral Knowledge? If It Were All the Moral Education That There Were, What Meta-Ethical Theory Would Probably Be True, and Why?

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Describe Protagorean moral education. Why does this kind of education not yield moral knowledge? If it were all the moral education that there were, what meta-ethical theory would probably be true, and why? Protagorean moral education is what Protagoras believes is the definition of education. He believes that one should live their life learning from their “mother and nurse and father and tutor” (18). One should follow in their footsteps “and if [they] obey, well and good; if not, [they are] straightened by threats and blows, like a piece of bent or warped wood.” It is his process of education. Protagorean moral education mainly gives a person habits, not knowledge, because they have to follow a certain pattern. Protagoras thinks by following these patterns, a person will be morally just. Socrates believes that there is moral knowledge but it cannot be taught. Protagoras, on the other hand, believes that moral education is real but moral knowledge doesn’t exist. Protagoras is only teaching people to mimic the actions of others, but not necessarily learn about what they are doing, therefore in the end, they have no knowledge of what they are doing. They just do these things because it is in the pattern that they are supposed to be following. Protagorean moral education does not yield moral education because it gives us habits, rather than knowledge. After someone is born, when they are starting to understand things, they begin a pattern of doing what their parents are doing. Children must learn the works of different poets and memorize them all. They are supposed to memorize them, not for the general knowledge of them, but so that they, “may imitate or emulate them and desire to become like them” (18). They are following a path of someone, trying to be exactly like them. They are creating a habit of doing exactly what that person does. At the end of the process

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