Socrates View on Evil

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Ashley Stallings September 1, 2014 Intro to Philosophy 2010-01 Professor Rodgers Reaction Paper Socrates View of Evil Socrates, born 470 B.C was one of the most powerful, inspiring but misunderstood figures in the history of philosophy. Socrates has made a great impact to this day in our minds through wisdom, thinking and intelligence. Not only did he try to develop the understanding of life, he also tried to get those around him to do the same. With his philosophy, all he’d wanted to do was try to understand life and the elements of what makes life so good. Instead of focusing more on teaching his Socratic Method, also known as dialectics, to the adults who didn’t really care to much about them, he decided to teach younger children because they were willing to learn and their minds were still open to learning and he really enjoyed teaching them. Socrates, being a teacher to the young, they looked up to him and did what they were told. So at that time, one of his students went to Sparta where he advised the Spartans during the war. In people’s minds, they thought of that to be an act of betrayal and Socrates was responsible for the student’s actions. Unfortunately, many Athenians found Socrates to be a threat to them due to some events that occurred during the time. Because of his beliefs, he was brought to trial for “corrupting the young” and “ not worshipping the gods of the state” and was later executed in 399 B.C at the age of 70. One of Socrates teachings was about evil. He believed that nobody chooses to do wrong voluntarily. He’d also said that doing wrong always harmed the offender and no one tries to bring harm upon themselves. Ignorance is the result of doing wrong. If people knew what was the right thing to do, they would do it. So, if someone chooses to do wrong, in the end, they would have to suffer the consequences of their actions. Once the
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