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No One Does Wrong Willingly Socrates among other things is most famous for the paradox C No one does wrong willingly Socrates idea was that human excellence was really a kind of knowledge And if lack of knowledge is the problem you can solve it by giving people the knowledge they lack The premise of this argument is essentially Socrates statement that virtue is knowledge If one does not do the right thing then it cannot be that one knew what should be done under the circumstances but lacked the virtue to do it Rather if one lacked the virtue then one lacked the knowledge So any wrongdoing that one does is done in ignorance Socrates argument is extended as follows Statement 1 Men are knowledgeable Call this P Statement 2 Men are virtuous enough to obey the right knowledge Call this Q Statement 3 Someone does something wrong Call it T Premise 1P QVirtue is knowledge Premise 2P ------------------------------------ Conclusion 1QModus Ponens Premise 4Q P T T can only happen if men lack virtue Q OR men lack the knowledge P We just proved Q to be true conclusion 1 therefore it follows that Conclusion 2T is caused by lack of P P T All men do things wrong unwillingly negating which we get No one does wrong willingly I shall advance two arguments against Socrates theory First it follows from common sense that having knowledge of what is the right thing to do in a situation is one thing in a situation is one thing and actually doing it another For example a man is being assaulted by a group of 10 hooligans in a secluded area If I pass by that area I would know from my knowledge that the right thing to do would be to intervene and save the man But would I have the courage to do it While researching for this
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